The Punjab government has decided to design rejuvenation project of the Tung Dhab drain in Amritsar on the lines of Buddha Nullah, local government minister Inderbir Singh Nijja
The Punjab government has decided to design a rejuvenation project of the Tung Dhab drain in Amritsar on the lines of Buddha Nullah. Presiding over a meeting of urban and rural area committees formed to clean the drain, local government minister Inderbir Singh Nijjar said that Tung Dhab drain cleaning project should be divided into three parts for dealing with industrial, dairy and domestic waste separately. The cabinet minister was apprised that 39 industries are situated along the 20-km-long drain passing through the city, according to an official release. Of which 19 industries are water polluting and discharging 28 MLD polluted waste into Tung drain. Similarly, domestic sewerage of 17 villages is falling into drain. Apart from this, 176 dairies discharging about 550 KLD waste, throwing livestock dung and other animal waste into the Tung Dhab drain. The minister instructed the officials of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to strictly prevent the industrial waste containing toxic chemicals from falling into the drain and to ensure constant checking of the industries. He said that Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) should be set up in industrial areas as per the requirement. Officials of Punjab Small Industries and Export Corporation (PSIEC) were directed to initiate action to immediately deliver land to PPCB for setting up CETP. Amritsar MP Gurjit Singh Aujla, Amritsar North MLA Kunwar Vijay Pratap Singh, local government secretary Vivek Pratap, PMIDC and Punjab Water Supply & Sewerage Board CEO Isha Kalia were among those present.