J&K Lacks Water Pollution Policy
Asem Mohiuddin (Kashmir Times)
Srinagar: While the ever increasing water pollution and poor sanitation arrangements has emerged as the major concern in Jammu and Kashmir state, the state government has failed to conduct any survey or study to make an assessment of chemical and bio-diversity indicators causing pollutions to the water bodies.
The documents available with Kashmir Times reveal that the state is lacking any comprehensive study to check the various types of pollutions in water bodies and measures to stop it.
“The government has not done any study to identify the wetlands where the aquatic species and human health are facing any pollution threat due to water pollutions,” the documents claim.
The documents further disclose that there is no policy in place to study the water pollutions.
“Programmes for prevention and control of water pollution, Policy for water pollution and constitution of water quality review committee have also not been formed,” it adds.
The documents read that there is no study being done by the state government to make the assessment of water quality to check the chemical and bio-diversity indicators causing pollution to the water bodies. The state is also lacking the study of water contamination and impact of human activities on these water bodies.
Following the failure of government to preserve the water bodies, the quality and quantity of water of lakes and rivers has adversely been affected.
The state has no ready study or survey available to prove the various types of pollutions contracted by the water bodies including rivers and lakes.
The documents suggest that as per the survey of 2005-06 conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) 241.79 millions liters of sewerage per day in A class and B class cities of the state has no treatment capacity available, therefore posing major threat to the water bodies and wetlands.
However, the documents said that the 17.14 crore “Jehlum River Action Plan” under National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) sponsored by the Government of India Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) couldn’t take off following the delay in submission of utilization certificate till November 2009 by Lakes and Waterways Development Authority (LAWDA).
“LAWDA furnished the Utilization Certificate (UC) in November 2009 but funds were not transferred till date from MoEF. As a result, the project did not take off and deprived the state of Rs 17.14 crore project,” the documents read.
Stating that LAWDA is not dealing with the project, its chairman Irfan Yasin said that they are not responsible for the delay in receiving the funds.
“We have no knowledge of the project; even the rivers are not falling under LAWDA. So we have nothing to do with the project,” he told Kashmir Times.
Pertinently, the Government of India in its annual report titles as “Water Pollution in India” expressed concerns over the declining water quality of world famous Dal Lake.
The report has revealed that failure of LAWDA to arrest the discharge and run-off from catchment areas led to the decline in water quality.
It has also said that the local fish qualities also witnessed the sharp decline and new species of weed like Azolla has engulfed its larger part.