A parliamentary committee expressed “deep dismay” that despite
its wide ranging recommendations, water pollution has reached alarming
proportions in most rivers and water bodies. In its eighth report tabled in Parliament, the Public
Accounts Committee (PAC) chaired by Prof K V Thomas said water pollution in the
14 major and 55 minor and several hundred more rivers of India remains a
serious problem with millions of litres of sewage, industrial and agricultural
waste discharged into these rivers. A mere 10 per cent of such waste water
generated is being treated, it added.