Rs 3cr penalty on Varanasi plant for polluting Ganga | Varanasi News


Lucknow: Furthering the cause of clean Ganga, the Yogi Adityanath government has initiated the biggest-ever strike on pollution in the holy river.
The Namami Gange department of UP has slapped a fine of Rs 3 crore on a Varanasi-based company for callousness in running a sewage treatment plant (STP). The action came on the directions of principal secretary of the department Anurag Srivastava.
Sources said that it was brought up during a recent review meeting that some of the projects were going very slow and were delayed.
“The desired results were missing,” said the source, adding that the need for an “effective and strict” action was felt.
Teams of Namami Gange conducted raids at around 12 places across the state to check if STPs met the parameters and quality standard set. The first action was in Varanasi where Ramana STP was found not to be operating at the fixed parameters. Quality of sewage disposal was not up to the mark either. After completion of the probe, the Namami Gange department slapped the fine of Rs 3 crore on the company.
The Yogi government has scaled up action and monitoring of the parameters and quality of STPs, both government and private, to ensure impetus on the National Mission for Clean Ganga.
Nine teams have been constituted to conduct surprise inspections and investigate sewage disposal.
Sources said that it’s a month-long exercise as water samples will be tested. “The crackdown was on the government’s mind for quite sometime,” added a source.
Uttar Pradesh has 104 operational STPs, of which 44 are under the purview of Namami Ganga.
The state government has rolled out an extensive awareness campaign for people towards cleanliness of Ganga. To ensure that ghats are clean and that drains do not flow into the river, STPs are being made on a large scale.
Srivastava said that a clean and flowing Ganga is very dear to and on priority for the government.
“We are moving in that direction…action will continue to be initiated to ensure that sewage and pollutants do not find their way into the river, pollution levels are brought to zero and awareness is spread,” he said.

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