Jamshedpur, Jan. 10: An analytical and environmental engineering mobile laboratory was flagged off from near the residence of state civil and food supplies minister Saryu Roy on Tuesday. Under the initiative, residents of city and its outskirts will get to know the level of pollutants in rivers and air for the first time from an independent source.
A voluntary outfit, Yugantar Bharti, working for environment prevention, will be releasing reports of pollutions level at Subernarekha and Kharkai River and also ambient air quality in residential areas not only in public domain but also hand over reports copies to the administration.
The van would be having trained personnel with equipment and measure pollution level in water on the basis of following parameters like total dissolved solids (TDS), total hardness, nitrate, sulphate, fluoride, and chloride.
Ashok Goyal, senior functionary of Yugantar Bharti said that the objective of the mobile laboratory is to collect samples from various points at both Kharkai and Subarnarekha rivers and also measure ambient air quality in different locations.
“ As per plans apart from testing inside the laboratory some of the samples will be tested at laboratory near Ranchi. We expect the results to be out by February first week and after compilation it would be made public both in our website and also before media in February first week. Thereafter, we will hand over the reports and the adverse health effects due to the pollution to the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner, Amit Kumar and also to the state pollution control board official,” said he noted.
“Due to the effluent discharge the colour of the water of river Kharkai has turned white. The situation is grave. The water has become dirty for use. Apart from large scale flow of industrial and domestic waste in the river, encroachment of the bank area was also a matter of grave concern. We had launched a campaign to save this historic river from an untimely death and now I want to ensure fruitful results,” said another functionary.
Another social activist said rivers are like economic, social and cultural spine of the country. We must keep them alive by foiling the attempts of large scale encroachment and flow of pollutants in to them.
Incidentally, the NGO is celebrating the 12th edition of Subernarekha Mahotsava ( an annual event that celebrates Subernarekha and promotes the cause of river conservation) on January 14 on the confluence of Kharkai and Subarnarekha (Domohani) and also hold a seminar on environmental issues at Sri Krishna Public Sansthan in Bistupur on January 15.
“Trained technicians will collect water from near nine locations on banks of both Subernarekha and Kharkai till January 14. Similarly, we would be monitoring air ambient quality at three locations (Adityapur industrial area, Bistupur and Mango),” added Ashok Goyal.