Central Pollution Control Board has identified stretches of 15 rivers in Karnataka as polluted following the release of untreated sewage water into them.
Among 275 rivers across the country, 302 river stretches have been identified as polluted and 15 of them are in Karnataka.
Disclosing this in the Lok Sabha, Union minister for forest, environment and climate change Anil Madhav Dave said that the release of sewage water into rivers due to absence of toilets in villages situated on the banks of these rivers has been the major problem. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has given a deadline of two years for a report on underground drainage system. One of the most urgent things to do is build toilets to prevent villagers from polluting rivers.
According to the reports, Arkavathy, Bhadra, Bhima, Cauvery, Ghataprabha, Kabini, Kagina, Kali, Krishna, Lakshmantirtha, Malaprabha, Manjira, Shimsha, Tungabhadra and Tunga. Maharashtra tops in the country for the maximum 49 polluted river stretches, followed by Assam with 28 rivers.
“River Cauvery is getting polluted at Srirangapatna in Mandya district due to immersion of ashes of dead bodies, dumping of animal carcasses and release of sewage water. If this is found true, we will issue strict guidelines to the authorities concerned to check the pollution of Cauvery-the lifeline of people of Mysuru and Bengaluru.”