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Saryu Roy meets Union Minister over pollution

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Jamshedpur : State Parliamentary Affairs, and Public Distribution Minister Saryu Roy met Union Minister for State for Coal and Energy Piyush Goel and raised the issue of rising pollution.

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. 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. that time, the pollution level was within the permissible limit. But with mushrooming of industrial units on the banks, along the riversubsequent 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.

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