Frothing In Yamuna River Forces DPCC To Seal 2 Units, Orders Closure Of 15 More

Frothing In Yamuna River Forces DPCC To Seal 2 Units, Orders Closure Of 15 More

Highlights:

  • Frothing on Yamuna river witnessed which lead to the sealing of 2 polluting units
  • One of the units was an automobile service station-cum-showroom
  • Order to close 15 more units have been given by DPCC

The Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has sealed two polluting units and ordered the closure of another 15 units which could have caused the frothing in the Yamuna river.

One of the polluting units which was sealed included an automobile service station-cum-showroom in the Patparganj industrial area while the other was a jeans dyeing and washing unit in Lawrence Road industrial area. Both the units were found to have been operating without an Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP).

A total of 21 units were inspected in the Khayala redevelopment area out of which closure directions were issued to 15 of the units which were found operating without the Effluent Treatment Plants, the DPCC said.

Due to an overflow of an ETP, a show-cause notice was issued to an automobile service and repair unit in the Patparganj industrial area by the DPCC.

Images and videos of toxic froth floating on the surface of Yamuna river close to the Kalindi Kunj at Delhi-Noida border which made their way onto several social media platforms over the past couple of days. Experts cited that detergent is the chief cause behind this pollution.

A Twitter user wrote, “Pic of holy Yamuna River. This much this river is polluted !  Shouldn’t it get cleaned? I am not from Delhi though but I can feel the pain of people living at bank of river Yamuna,” with a collage of images.

Another user, taking a dig at Chief Minister of Delhi, wrote, “H’ble Chief Minister @ArvindKejriwal ji Pictures of Yamuna river in Delhi looks like Antarctica Island, I hv always wished to visit their once in my Life,and thank you to save my money and bringing Island in Delhi itself Red heartFolded hands
Ab yahi Fresh water hamare ghar me aega. Yupieee”

A majority of detergents in the country do not even have a certification from the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) which has capped the concentration of phosphates in the chemical substance, said one official from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

The chief reason behind the formation of such toxic foam in Yamuna river has been the high concentration of phosphate in the wastewater because of the detergents which are used in the dyeing industries as well as the dhobi ghats and households, according to the official. The official said, “A large number of unbranded detergents are also used in households and dyeing industries. The wastewater containing high phosphate content reaches the river through untapped drains,”.

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