Jamshedpur MP Mr Rai Alleges Pollution of Damodar River by SAILBSL
Times of India reported that Jamshedpur East MLA & Damodar Bachao Andolan President Mr Saryu Rai has raised concerns over the condition of pollution in Damodar River, accusing Steel Authority of India Limited’s Bokaro Steel Plant of callously discharging its effluents into the water body posing health hazards to local population dependent on the river, considered as one of the lifelines in this part of the state. During a meeting with Steel Minister Mr RCP Singh in Delhi to draw his attention and demand action against BSL, he showed photographs of the current condition of river to the minister depicting how the colour of the water has turned red and how discharge of effluents through BSL’s canal is flowing into the river.
Mr Rai said, “I have also shown photos to the steel minister, in which, it is clearly visible how Damodar’s water is turning red due to contaminated acidic effluents of BSL. I told the minister that after the continuous efforts of Damodar Bachao Andolan, the industrial units located on the banks of Damodar controlled releasing their effluents in river in the last 15 years but violations have again started taking place.”
He maintained that sustained efforts to save Damdoar river from industrial abuse since 2004 helped in its cleansing in 2018 as a result of which local residents were again able to use the water for domestic purposes.
SAIL BSL’s chief of communication Mr Manikant Dhan said “Zero liquid discharge system has been installed in BSL. In outfall-1, this system was installed in January 2018 and it is fully functional. In outfall-2, this system was installed last year and its trial was done for the first time on August 11, 2020. Since then the system installed in Outfall-2 is also working but it is currently in the stabilization stage. The water used in the plant is treated and recycled again for use in the plant itself by the effluent treatment plants installed at both the outfalls. Sometimes due to technical reasons, ETP in Outfall-2 has to be shut down for short period for testing and trial but even then 100% treatment of the water is ensured. Water quality testing is done twice a day in the plant’s lab and also through third party labs accredited by NABL. Also, 24x7 real-time monitoring of post-treatment quality of water discharged outside is carried out.”