Bhubaneswar: As many as 19 rivers and nullahs in Odisha were found to be polluted, said Water Resources, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister (MoS), Rattan Lal Kataria today in Lok Sabha.
In written reply to the Odisha’s Sundargarh MP, Jual Oram, Minister Kataria said that the polluted rivers and nullahs included Gangua River, Guradih nullah, Kathajodi River, Nandira Jhor River, Daya River, Kuakhai River, Banguru nullah, Bheden River, Brahmani River, Budhabalanga River, Kusumi River, Mahanadi River, Mangala River, Nagavalli River, Luna River, Ratnachira River, Rushikulya River, Sabulia River and Serua River.
As per the latest report of the Central Pollution Control Board (CRCB), these 19 rivers have been identified as polluted in Odisha based on the value of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), said Kataria.
Even though the sewage treatment plant for each urban locality along the rivers is not mandatory, the state government is setting up such facilities at Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Talcher and Rourkela through Odisha Water Supply and Sewerage Board (OWSSB), he had told the House.
As per reports, these natural watercourses that pass along urban areas in the state have been identified as polluted. Due to the heavy amount of industrial pollutants these rivers are getting polluted.