Mahanadi turns poison basin at Sambalpur due to the indiscriminate pollution

April 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm 1 comment

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The water sources in different parts of the town here, including the Mahanadi river, is getting unfit for human use in recent days due to the indiscriminate pollution and the prime cause behind is attributed to the sewage released into the Mahanadi at different points of the city here.

What adds to the woes is the scanty flow of water from the Hirakud Dam reservoir since the water level there also dips very fast in the summer, sources said.

Due to the restricted inflow from the Hirakud reservoir and the drain water of the town flowing into it, the bio-chemical oxygen demand in the Mahanadi has already reached an alarming stage and the water has become totally unfit for human use although it is the only alternative for thousands of people of Sambalpur town and downstream.

Situation has worsened to such a pass that, the Mahanadi water here has been classified as ‘D’ category by the Pollution Control Board while rest of the year it remains ‘C’.

“There have been long proposals to treat the sewerage water before discharging it to the Mahanadi at various points including Balibandha and Binakhandi, but the Municipality is hardly keen on this crucial issue,” informed State Pollution Control Board regional director SK Sahu, adding the summer turns to be the most crucial period of the year.

The other water bodies of the town, including ponds and wells, have been severely affected these days. The water looks ugly to open eyes and has turned green.

“People must be very much careful about using such water for bathing and all other purposes,” warns DHH dermatologist SS Mahapatra, adding they are sure to suffer many a skin ailment and water-born disease and even animal drinking such water also will suffer.

Although, Sambalpur houses many senior officials including the RDC, Collector, IG, no one seems to be serious on this crucial issue. Even the PCB, in a routine manner, just writes a letter to the Municipality authority with the onset of summer every year instead of initiating any legal actions, alleged a conscious citizen Bhawani Dixit.

It is high time the concerned authorities woke up to the occasion and clean Mahanadi for the larger interests of this historic town, locals demanded.


Entry filed under: Agriculture and Irrigation, Bargarh, Hirakud, Industries and Environmental Issues, Industries and mineral resources, Mining and Industrialization, Region watch, Sambalpur, State Watch-Monitoring the Odisha State, Water Resources.

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