The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) to identify and install sewage treatment plants (STPs) at major sources of pollution in the Kali river, a tributary of the Ganga, as part of the latter’s clean up. Following the direction, the UPPCB has identified 26 large sewage lines in six districts of western U.P. which empty into the Kali. Inspection soonAccording to Atulesh Yadav, a local officer with the UPPCB, “The NGT has asked the UPPCB and Jal Nigam to jointly work to prevent pollution in the Kali river. It will be done as part of the Prime Minister’s Namami Gange project. Twenty-six big sewage lines, which do not have STPs, have been identified in Meerut, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Aligarh and Kannauj. The process will soon start to inspect these sewage lines,” he said. Kali river originates from Antwada village of Khatauli block in Muzaffarnagar and joins the Ganga in Kanpur after passing through Meerut, Hapur, Bulandshahr, Ghaziabad, Aligarh and Kannauj districts. According to Raman Tyagi, whose petition in the NGT about pollution of the Kali river led to the Tribunal directive, over two decades ago, the Kali used to be a clean river and its water was used for drinking by villagers living on its banks.Mr. Tyagi has been monitoring the pollution in the Kali, Krishna and Hindon and other tributaries of the Ganga in western U.P. Industrial effluents“But industrial effluents from paper and sugar mills, and slaughter houses, with unhealthy chemical wastes, besides untreated sewage over the last two decades has made the river poisonous. It has become so poisonous that no living organism is found in the water. “It not only pollutes the Ganga but the poisonous water has contaminated drinking water through the seepage in thousands of villages located on its banks,” said Mr. Tyagi, founder of Neer Foundation which works on the issue of water and renewable energy in western U.P. Seal handpumps“Our investigation showed that water in villages has been seriously polluted and is manifest in medical problems for villagers who consume the drinking water from hand pumps. We requested that these hand pumps be sealed and the government arrange for clean drinking water in those areas. We also prayed that the NGT should ensure serious measures to prevent pollution of Kali, as it was a tributary of the Ganga and its pollution becomes the pollution of Ganga,” he told The Hindu.
The Union Aviation Ministry on Thursday decided to discontinue baggage identification by passengers at the Jammu, Srinagar and Leh airports in Jammu & Kashmir.“Furthering our mission of enhancing citizen convenience, we have done away with mandatory baggage identification by passengers at Jammu, Srinagar and Leh airports. We remain committed to making your journey delightful and hassle-free,” wrote Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Twitter.Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti welcomed the Centre’s move: “Thankful to Mr. Prabhu. This decision will go a long way in lessening the inconvenience and enhancing the travel experience. I would also request him to look into airline ticket pricing to J&K to ease the burden for budget travellers.”
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThrough the first round of NCAA Season 93, no team has yet to unlock the secret to beating Lyceum.But for the 2017 NCAA All-Star Game, coach Topex Robinson did not hesitate to let the other players have a glimpse on the system that makes the Pirates go.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Unfortunately for Robinson and Perez, the two suffered their first defeat of the season as the Heroes fell to the Saints, 84-80.“We’re not affected by it. We know this loss won’t matter in the second round of the NCAA,” said Perez, his focus now stapled on to the next games.Perez also relished the rare chance of playing with his fellow NCAA stars.“It’s great because we’re able to joke with each other on the court and enjoy our time together. It’s great that we’re able to inspire and entertain people with this.”ADVERTISEMENT Federer looks to bond with Nadal, maybe face him at US Open Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “He did not hide anything. Whatever he says to us, he shared it all to our teammates,” admitted CJ Perez, as he led the Heroes crew, which also consisted of stars from JRU, EAC, Arellano, and Mapua, on Friday.Robinson pulled no punches as he tried to inspire more cagers in playing the game the right way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPlayers like Kent Salado, Sidney Onwubere, and Tey Teodoro replicating the way the Pirates operate on both ends.“Even if it’s just an All-Star Game, coach wanted us to look at it differently, that we still play our game even if it’s the All-Star,” said Perez. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments