Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, May 27: Jamshedpur East MLA Saryu Roy Friday expressed serious concern about the rising levels of pollution in the Swarnarekha river largely caused by industrial and municipal sources.
Addressing a press meet to discuss the findings of Swarnarekha pollution review tour undertaken by him from 22nd May to 27th May, Roy said river water in Jamshedpur and Ranchi had become highly polluted and was thus a major cause of concern for all stakeholders.
“Due to growing encroachment of drains and rivers, the situation is becoming worse. The rivers are not getting enough space for self cleaning and self treatment. This is resulting in reduced volume of water in rivers,” said Roy.
Roy said river water was relatively better in Mosabani. Here industrial and municipal pollution was not found to have much impact. Industrial waste from the defunct HCL company is going into the river which is a cause of concern. He further said that the Swarnarekha was highly polluted at Baroda Ghat and Bodhanwala Ghat. Here water organisms have almost disappeared and the place has almost become a watery desert, he commented.
Roy said samples of water were taken from Domuhani, Pandey Ghat near bus stand, Baridih Meera Path and Moharda Water Supply Intake Well. At each place, municipal sewage was found to be a major factor behind water pollution. In Moharda, dissolved oxygen was found to be very low in water, he said.