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Maha, Gujarat at top in polluted river stretches list

‘The CPCB has identified 150 polluted stretches along various rivers in the country based on Bio-chemical-Demand (BOD),’ environment minister Jayanthi Ntarajan told Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

While 28 such stretches have been identified in Maharashtra, 19 polluted stretches have been found in Gujarat. Uttar Pradesh too has 12 such polluted stretches.

Natarajan said that the ministry is supplementing the efforts of the state governments in abatement of pollution in identified stretches under the National River Conservation Plan (NRCP) and National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA).

The minister said that NRCP including NGRBA presently covers 42 rivers in 195 towns spread over 20 states at a sanctioned cost of Rs 9336.87 crore.

She said that various pollution abatement schemes taken up under the plan include interception and diversion of raw sewage, setting up of sewage treatment plants, creation of low cost sanitation facilities, setting up of electric wood crematoria and river front development.
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