Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Saturday asked his Haryana counterpart Bhupinder Singh Hooda to take immediate steps for controlling the discharge of pollutants into the Ghaggar river.

In a letter, Mr. Badal informed Mr. Hooda that a recent survey along the catchment area of the river conducted by the Punjab Pollution Control Board revealed that from Gurdwara Nada Sahib (Panchkula) the colour of the water was found changing downstream till the confluence point of discharge of sewage and industrial effluent from Panchkula near Bhankerpur village in Mohali district, said an official spokesperson.

Besides, the waste water of Ambala, Shahbad Markanda and about 100 villages of Haryana was also being discharged into the river.

Even the Saraswati river, which carries the flow of waste water from Pehowa town and industrial waste water of some paper and cardboard mills of Kaithal district, also enters Punjab and pollutes the Ghaggar near Rasauli village in Tehsil Patran of Patiala district, he added.

Mr. Badal informed Mr. Hooda that Punjab has taken steps to stop the discharge of industrial effluent into the river and presently none of the State’s industry was discharging its effluent into the Ghaggar.

Seeking Mr. Hooda’s intervention to make the Ghaggar pollution-free, Mr. Badal said the matter had already been brought to the notice of both the Haryana State Pollution Control Board and the Central Pollution Control Board. - PTI