Ganga at Kanpur and Varanasi towns still polluted: Meena

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New Delhi, Mar 13 (UNI) Water quality of the Ganga river in stretches along the towns of Kanpur and Varanasi do not conform with the desired standards, Minister of State for Environment and Forests N N Meena today said.

While replying to a question, the Minister in a written reply said the monitoring of the water quality of the river Ganga under the Ganga Action Plan found that the norms were met in stretches along the Hardwar town.

The Minister told the Rajya Sabha members that level of faecal coliforms (bacterial indicator for health concerns) were also reported to be exceeding the maximum permissible limit of 2500 MPN (Most Probable Number) per 100 milliliter at many of the monitoring stations along the river except in upstream locations of Hardwar.

He said since 1985 the ministry had been implementing the Ganga Action Plan for pollution abatement activities in the identified polluted stretches of the holy river and claimed a "discernible improvement in terms of organic pollution at major locations over the pre-Action Plan water quality." UNI SD LS SSC1457

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