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300 polluted stretches on 275 river beds: govt

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

About 300 polluted stretches have been identified on 275 rivers based on Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand levels, which is a key indicator of organic pollution, the Centre told the Lok Sabha today.

In reply to a question, Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat said that the pollution load in rivers has increased over the years due to rapid urbanisation, industrialisation and discharge of untreated wasterwater on account of inadequate treatment facilities.

"As per the report published by Centre Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in February 2015, 302 polluted stretches have been identified on 275 rivers based on BOD levels, a key indicator of organic pollution," he said.

Replying to another question, the Minister said that the Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board has issued closure directions to 98 tanneries for operating without the consent of the Board on the directions of the National Green Tribunal.

First Published: Thu, July 23 2015. 19:48 IST
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