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Jairam Asked To Release Rs 302 Cr For Cleaning Up Sutlej, Ghaggar  
Source:   The Pioneer City   : Chennai Published On   04-12-2009  


Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Thursday urged Union Minster of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh to immediately release Rs 302 crore for the abatement of pollution of rivers Sutlej and Ghaggar.

Chief Minister Badal, who met Ramesh at his office in New Delhi, apprised him of the fact that the State Government had already submitted four detailed project reports (DPRs) for interception and diversion of sewage and its treatment to the National River Conservation Directorate (NRCD), an authority set up by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests for abatement of various rivers in India.

Chief Minister informed Ramesh that the Central Pollution Control Board had already identified the river Sutlej and Ghaggar under the polluted category as per the study conducted by it. He said that the DPRs related to Jalandhar (Rs.140.43 crore), Phagwara North (Rs.15.33 crore), Phagwara South (Rs.23.88 crore) and Phillaur (Rs.10.82 crore) had already been submitted to the NRCD.

Similarly the DPRs for the town of Rajpura, Patran, Moonak and Lehragaga which contributed towards pollution of river Ghaggar were also under preparation at an estimated cost of Rs.76 crore and were likely to be submitted to the Centre by December 31, 2009.

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