Jamshedpur : Local BJP legislator of Jamshedpur West Saryu Roy on Tuesday inspected Domuhani – the meeting point of river Subernarekha and Kharkai– and collected water samples from both the rivers following complaints of discharge of effluents by industries based at Adityapur.
He said that apart from large scale flow of industrial and domestic waste in the river, encroachment of the bank area was also a matter of grave concern.
Many illegal structures had been erected on the banks of the river. Roy was also doing commendable job to save the river. He called the president of Pollution board and ordered probe.
He said, ‘Rivers are like economic, social and cultural spine of the country. We must keep them alive by foiling the attempts of large scale encroachment and flow of pollutants in to them.
Sources said samples of water collected from the two rivers indicated high presence of mixed oxides and mineral wastes, which are harmful to marine life and human beings who take bath in the river water.
Sources in JPCB said that a similar pollution study at Subarnarekha river was conducted 12 years ago. At that time, the pollution level was within the permissible limit.
But with mushrooming of industrial units on the banks, along the river, and subsequent dumping of industrial waste had given rise to water pollution, which is posing a threat to environment.
Officials of the board said a comprehensive report would be compiled after the pollution study of these two rivers, which would be sent to the Central Pollution Control Board in New Delhi for action.