Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Oct 29:
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has blamed the industries for polluting the Brahmani river in Odisha.
The Board, in its report submitted to the High Court in response to a PIL filed in this connection, has stated that the rate of pollution in Brahmani river has become intense due to the effluents released by the industries in four rivulets—Bangaru Nullah, Nandira Nullah, Damasala Nullah and Ganda Nullah—which fall into the river.
“While the water of Bangaru Nullah carries pollutants of its nearby coal mines and other industries in Talcher, the effluents of Sukinda chromite mines are carried by Damasala Nullah to the river. Apart from this, effluents from 11 NACs and urban localities along the riverside have also polluted the river water”, the Board said in its report.
To reduce the pollution level of the river, the Board has suggested the release of treated effluents to the river and other remedial measures.
It may be mentioned that following reports published in the print and electronic media about the pollution of Brahmani water due to exploration of chromite ore in the Sukinda valley and discharge of effluents by the other riverside industries, a letter petition was filed in the Odisha High Court.
The court, after hearing the petition, had asked the CPCB to submit a report in this connection in May this year.
Acting on the directive, CPCB had furnished a 108-page report to the court on October 17.