Government to revise Periyar Action Plan with fund allocation for identified projects

NGT pulls up authorities for inordinate delay in implementing plan to rejuvenate river

September 19, 2022 11:39 pm | Updated September 20, 2022 09:49 am IST - KOCHI

Industrial units have been asked to set up a common effluent treatment plant in the Edayar industrial area on the banks of the Periyar.

Industrial units have been asked to set up a common effluent treatment plant in the Edayar industrial area on the banks of the Periyar.

The government has said that the Periyar Action Plan will be modified with definite timeline and fund allocation for identified projects.

The assurance was given before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which had pulled up the authorities for the inordinate delay in implementing the action plan to rejuvenate the river.

On the plan to set up a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) in the Edayar industrial area, the government said industrial units had been asked to form a special purpose vehicle or a consortium to set up CETPs and to ensure their operation and maintenance. The Kerala State Pollution Control Board (PCB) has been told to extend technical assistance to such projects.

The report submitted by the government said the Local Self-Government department (LSGD) was regularly reviewing and monitoring issues related to the formulation of a revised action plan. Performance audit supervisors have been asked to conduct field-level visits.

The Superintending Engineer, LSGD, will hold meetings with local bodies and obtain action plan for practical solutions. The Irrigation department said the action plan was being worked out with the support of the District Collectors concerned.

The Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Environment, has informed local bodies that the funds required for setting up sewage treatment plants (STPs) could be availed from the 2021-22 Plan Fund. The funds for solid waste management projects can be availed from the World Bank assistance for solid waste management. The Kerala Water Authority will extend assistance in setting up STPs.

The NGT had pulled up the government for the “utter lack of concern for the continuing serious pollution [of the Periyar river] and consequences on public health and environment. It continues to cause deaths and diseases and also affect food safety on account of polluted water being used for irrigation.” Reports of the authorities during the past several years did not point to improvement in water quality of the river at any of the locations in question, it said.

Top News Today

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.