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July , 2014
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Untreated factory waste poisoning Ganga; Kanpur STPs not upgraded to handle tannery discharge

Source: Times of India, Date: July , 2014

A separate ministry on rivers with special focus on Ganga notwithstanding, rejuvenating the national river will not be an easy task for the Modi government. Among the many contributors, the tanneries of Kanpur alone add 50 mld of waste to the river everyday. Of this, only 9 mld waste is treated before being discharged into the river. If entire Kanpur in taken into account, the district generates 400 mld waste everyday. The three UK-funded sewage treatment plants (STPs), the first to be set up on the Ganga, can however treat only 170 mld waste per day. Had only these treatment plants been upgraded with time, Ganga could have been a lot cleaner. "If the level of chromium in the tannery waste was 2mg per litre earlier, it is 180 to 190mg per litre now. The design parameters of the plant are not such that they can treat the highly toxic tannery waste of present day," said sources in Kanpur Jal Nigam.

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