KO IMPACT: SMC Asked to Come Clean on Doodhganga Mess

Srinagar- In a notice issued to the Srinagar Municipal Corporation, the J&K Pollution Control Committee Wednesday ordered the Corporation to take cognizance of the appalling condition of Doodhganga river caused by the “absurd dumping of untreated sewage” into the river.

In an order number, JPCC/LSK/21/466-69, the PCC noted that pollution of Doodhganga river “from illegal disposal of untreated sewage comes through sewage pumping stations”.

Addressing to SMC, the PCC demanded a strict action by the corporation in ensuring that Doodhganga river is preserved and reserved against the fecal matter and the liquid waste getting directly dumped into the water body by several SMC operated sewage pumping stations.

Pertinently, the order came into action a month after Kashmir Observer highlighted the issue in its weekly Inkishaf program titled, “TROUBLED WATERS OF DOODHGANGA”.

The report highlighted how SMS was violating the Water (prevention & control of pollution) Act 1974; Section 24 (b), by draining untreated sewage waste into Doodhganga and destroying the river.

The PCC had earlier identified 13 drainage stations from Chanapora to Barzulla as the main source of water pollution in Doodhganga. None of these drainage stations were provided with a sewerage treatment plant (STP) to treat waste water or liquid waste draining out into the river and eventually the polluted water of Doodhganga was ending up into Hokersar, wreaking havoc into the wetland.

“Such blatant violations of Environmental norms especially the provisions of Water (prevention & control of pollution) Act 1974, EP act 1986 and SWM rules 2016, shall be dealt with strictly which may involve imposition of Environmental Compensation under Polluter Pay principles, including prosecution proceedings against the violators of Environmental norms. An early action is solicited to ward off pollution in Doodhganga,” the order read.

“Three dewatering pumping station at Bulbulbagh, Barzulla bridge and Barzulla Magray Pora with discharge points in Doodhganga, are also required to be looked into immediately for intervention at your (SMC commissioner) level to ensure that sewage is not discharged into the Doodhganga.”

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Zaid Bin Shabir

A media graduate from LPU, Zaid Bin Shabir is a Srinagar based journalist whose works have appeared in many local and international publications.

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