Just days after dead fish was found floating on the Sutlej and industrial pollution wreaking havoc in the state, Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal today sought the release of Rs 302 crore from the Union Environment Ministry to control pollution in the Sutluj and Ghaggar rivers. Badal today met Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh and sought the money.

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.

Nangal: The Punjab State Human Rights Commission has taken cognizance of the incident of death of thousands of fish in the Sutlej waters at Nangal. The commission has sought report in this regard from the state government, through the Chairman, Punjab State Pollution Control Board (PPCB), Patiala, and the Principal Secretary, Irrigation Department, Punjab, Chandigarh, by December 31.

Pollution of rivers first affects its physico-chemical quality; later on it systematically destroys the community disrupting the delicate food web. To assess the level of pollution of main rivers of Punjab, Sutlej and Beas, water quality indices have been calculated with the help of sixteen water quality physico-chemical parameters using WHO/EPA water quality standards.

Relations between Punjab and Rajasthan have taken a new dip with the Punjab Government taking exception to Rajasthan formulating permanent schemes costing Rs 101.69 crore to utilise Ghaggar water. The Punjab Chief Secretary has written a strongly worded letter to his counterpart in that state saying that

Almost a year after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated the 450 MW Baglihar power project on Chenab river in Jammu & Kashmir, the Union government is all set to push work on the second power project (Baglihar-II) on priority basis.

Industrial waste from the Gwalthai industrial area in Himachal has been polluting the Sutlej in Punjab.

The waste has been flowing from the Gwalthai area into the Sutlej 500 m from the national wetland at Nangal for two days. People working near Talwara khud have complained of infection on the hands and feet.

Sinking feeling: water demand has surged with increased rice growing in Punjab. Weak monsoon rains this year have exacerbated the shortfall
Punjab is the granary of India thanks to marvels of Victorian engineering such as the Roper Headworks.

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Ropar: Once the lifeline of Ropar in Punjab, the Sutlej river is fast turning into a deathtrap for human and aquatic populations dependent on its water, allegedly steeped in hazardous industrial effluents that sneakily find their way into it.

Allaying apprehensions over reports of China constructing dam on the river Brahmaputra, External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna said India has instituted a mechanism of expert level talks and water resources between the two countries. The mechanism would focus on issues such as, exchange of feeder control data and emergency response management in Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers, he said.