NEW DELHI, November 12: Jai Hind, a Meerut-based NGO, on Tuesday, November 11th filed an application with National Green Tribunal on water pollution caused by industrial discharge. The application says waters of rivers Kali, Krishna and Hindon are being polluted by “highly toxic” effluent discharge into them by industries in western UP’s Baghpat district, which in turn is polluting the Yamuna flowing through Noida, Greater Noida and Delhi.
The application stated, “Some of the industries, mainly sugar, paper mills and slaughterhouses situated in western Uttar Pradesh, are discharging their toxic and harmful waste directly into the river Krishna. The contamination from discharge of effluents is so high that it not only pollutes the Krishna, but has also polluted the groundwater of villages it passes through”.
Further the application stated, “Independent studies have shown that extremely high content of heavy metals have been traced in the river water, which has become so poisonous that it can’t habitat any aquatic life”.