Plan to ensure clean water enters TN: SC

The Central Pollution Control Board has told the Supreme Court that the Karnataka government was required to implement a comprehensive action plan for the development of infrastructure, including reviewing the sewage and the effluents treatment plants, to ensure clean water to Tamil Nadu.

In a joint monitoring report, it submitted that River Thenpennaiyar was found polluted as bioechemical oxygen demand and faecal coliform exceeded the limit and dissolved oxygen was also of very low concentration, not conforming to water quality criteria in all rounds of monitoring between September 2017 and May 2018. River Arkavathi was also found polluted.

River Cauvery was found clean and conforming to the water quality criteria in seven rounds, whereas it exceeded the criteria for pollution levels in October 2017 and May 2018.

“A mechanism for regular vigilance from the organisation concerned in the state government for prevention of further pollution is required, besides comprehensive plan of action for restoration of water quality of rivers Thenpennaiyar and Arkavathi,” the CPCB said.

On Monday, a bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao gave two weeks time to the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu governments to respond to the report filed by the CPCB on the court’s instruction issued on April 13. The Tamil Nadu government had filed a petition, contending the state was not getting clean water due to the failure of Karnataka to stop discharge of sewage and industrial effluents into River Cauvery and its tributaries.

Among others, the CPCB said an option of installing real-time water quality monitoring stations at inter-state borders of rivers Cauvery and Thenpennaiyar should be considered by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

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