Beas and Parvati turning into sewage flowing drains

February 1st, 2009 - 5:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Kullu, Feb 1 (ANI): Effluents discharged by heavy industries into rivers Beas and Parvati in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh has degraded them into sewage flowing drains.
Rivers Beas and Parvati, which act as an important water recource for Himachal Pradesh, have been facing a severe threat because of accumulation of garbage and other industrial wastes which deposit on its river beds.
River Beas is majorly polluted by the wastewater generated from Mukerian town
Further, in the last couple of years, the State’’s popular hill resort Kullu, sparsely populated at a time has been witnessing a spurt in construction activity.
These construction project workers are directly dumping debris into the rivers affecting aquatic life.
“As an adverse consequence of this garbage dumping into river beds, aquatic system has been disturbed. A day will come when these aquatic species will be counted under endangered species,” said Dr. J C Kuniyal, senior scientist of G B Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Kullu.
In the long run, these problems will also affect the hydroelectric projects generating power since the accumulated silt is bound to affect the dams.
The Himachal Pradesh Government has set up certain guidelines for the contractors engaged in construction activities to prevent further waste dumping. Also, obtaining an environmental clearance has been made obligatory to run a project.
However, the condition of river Beas and Parvati has only worsened over the years.
Environmentalists have been highly critical of the Government for not implementing effective policies to save the rivers.
They have also apprehended a sure chance of an ecological imbalance, if the government fails to implement strict policies to stop the reckless dumping of garbage. (ANI)

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