GAP PROGRESS REVIEW UNDER THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF DM KANPUR NAGAR
 
(June 03, 2005-July 11, 2006)
 
In the wake of Eco Friends Massive Ganga Cleaning Campaign (May 10 to May 20,2005), the District Magistrate of Kanpur City formed a Multi stakeholder Committee to monitor the status of Ganga and GAP in Kanpur .
 

Minutes of the fifth meeting regarding GAP held on July 11, 2006 under the chairmanship of DM Kanpur Nagar
Mr. Anurag Srivastava

The meeting was attended by officials from GPCU-UPJN, KJS, KNN, UPPCB, CPCB, KESCO, Industries Directorate and Dr. Binayak Rath from IITK.

1. The chairman was apprised that a sub-committee to monitor GAP works had been constituted by the then DM Kanpur Nagar Mr. Deepak Kumar. This sub-committee has been meeting almost every month. The last meeting under the chairmanship of earlier DM was held in Feb. 2006. The sub-committee since then has met on the following dates:

Feb.6, 2006
Mar.8, 2006
Apr.13, 2006
June 3, 2006
July 10, 2006

The sub-committee should meet at regular interval, directed the DM.
(Action-GPCU-UPJN)

2. The chairman was informed that a sub-committee to mitigate groundwater pollution problem owing to industrial waste in Jajmau, Noraiakheda,Juhi Rakhimandi and Panki areas was formed on Feb.1 by the then DM. The sub-committee met on July 7. The chairman was apprised that a pilot project for groundwater remediation in Noraiakheda had been carried out by CPCB. Dr. RK Singh who was present in the meeting gave a power point presentation on the project. He informed that the project was successful but expensive. The full scale remediation would need massive resources which the department lacked. He requested the DM to incorporate this project under some scheme so that the resources could me managed.
(Action-KJS, UPPCB, CPCB, KNN)

3. The chairman was apprised that there were three treatment plants in Jajmau area. The O&M costs for 36 mld CETP (including 4 tannery pumping stations and 25 mld sewage pumping station) is to be borne equally by KNN and tanneries as per the direction of Supreme Court of India.
This was also brought to the fore that UPJN had spent Rs. 2385.731 lakh on O&M of CETP till May 2006. KNN has paid only Rs. 108.015 lakh out of its share of Rs. 1192.731 lakh. Rs. 346.769 lakh is to be paid as electricity bills. Thus KNN owes Rs. 737.947 lakh to UPJN.

Similarly tanneries owe Rs. 702.097 lakh to UPJN.

The chairman was also apprised that as a follow up to the decisions taken by the committee under your chairmanship and sub-committee, camps to realize money from the tanneries were held on following dates:

Feb.14-Feb.22
Mar.8-Apr.1 (7 tannery owners contributed their share for the first time)
Apr.25-Apr.27
May 14-May 17
June 19-June 21, 06

On an average Rs. 4-4.5 lakh was realized every month. The chairman directed that the camps be held on a regular basis.
(Action-GPCU-UPJN)

4. The chairman was apprised that action on the following points was awaited from KNN:

  • The issue of sewage overflow at Bhagwaddasghat which should be pumped through Guptarghat pumping station was raised in the meeting held on Feb.1. GM, KJS had informed that the situation had arisen because the drain was full of garbage and silt. The problem would be solved if the drain could be cleaned. A report from KNN in this regard is awaited.
  • A compliance report on scientific landfill site for tannery sludge
  • A progress report on sludge removal from 36 mld CETP to Rooma dumping yard
  • M/S UP Leather Industries Association representatives had complained in the last meeting that the solid waste removal from their area was slow, though they were paying @ Rs. 350 per trolley for the sludge removal. The then chairman had directed KNN to take action and file a report. The compliance report is awaited.
  • Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal had desired to know the date of completion for CCRP and its system of functioning. The Health Officer had explained the system. The status report on CCRP is awaited.

The chairman directed KNN to make the information in above regard available at the earliest.

5. The chairman was apprised that action was awaited from UPPCB on the following points:

  • The chromium content in the influent and effluent of 36 mld CETP was checked by CLRI and results were reviewed. GPCU-UPJN had requested UPPCB to control the chromium content in the wastewater reaching the CETP through letters dated Mar.10. In response, UPPCB had sought clarification on certain points through a letter dated Mar.17. UPJN had sent the clarification through a letter dated Apr.1. Again UPJN wrote to UPPCB to control the chrome content through a letter dated May 24. The compliance report is awaited.
  • Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal had informed that the effluent containing harmful chemicals used by goldsmiths’ shops in Nayaganj, Shiwala, Birhana road and Chowk areas is discharged in their sewer system. This needs to be checked. The sub-committee had decided that UPPCB should identify such places, test the sewage quality and produce the result so that further action could be taken.
  • Mr. Jaiswal had suggested in the last meeting held on Apr.13 that water quality, especially heavy metals contents, of the river Ganga should be checked at Barrage. The compliance report is awaited.
    The chairman directed UPPCB to make all the information available at the earliest.

6. Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal suggested that fishing should be banned in river Ganga. He informed that Jal Police (River Police) had been constituted in Kanpur by UP State to control non-point sources of pollution like dumping of human corpses and animal carcasses, cattle wallowing, laundering of clothes, defecation along the river bank, floating trash etc. The river water quality could be improved by reviving the river police. A direction was issued that a letter in this regard should be written to SSP Kanpur Nagar. The then DM had written a letter on Feb.18 to SSP. As a follow up, UPJN had sent a reminder on Mar.25. The compliance report is awaited.
(Action: SSP Kanpur Nagar)

7. NGOs had suggested that volunteers should be given I-cards and some rights. A direction was issued in this regard that VOs should produce the list of volunteers and the detail of the volunteers should be verified by the concerned police stations, then they should be given the I-cards.

VO Gayatri Pariwar has already produced the list of volunteers.
(Action: ADM Kanpur Nagar, SSP Kanpur Nagar, VOs)

8. Mr. Ramji Tripathi had raised the issue of drains from Azadnagar, Nawabganj areas falling into river Ganga. A discussion was held to solve the problem. During the discussion Prof. Binayak Rath had suggested an oxidation pond as an economical option to solve the problem of sewage drains from Kalyanpur and Vikasnagar areas. Dr. Rath who was present in the meeting told that soon he would present a proposal.

(Action: Dr. Binayak Rath- IITK, Mr. Ramji Tripathi-Convener-Ganga Pradushan Mukti Abhiyan)

The chairman was apprised about the drinking water problem in Nauraiyakheda. The chairman directed to convene a separate meeting on this issue.

(Action: Executive Engineer XIV Circle UPJN, KJS, KNN)

 
Minutes of the fourth meeting regarding Ganga Pollution Control program held on Feb. 1, 2006 in collectorate auditorium under the chairmanship of DM Kanpur Nagar
 

The proceedings of the last meeting held on Oct 18, 2005 were reviewed by the DM.
                                   
The team constituted for monitoring Ganga pollution control works could meet on Nov. 11, 2005. The DM directed that the monitoring team should meet on the first Monday of every month in the administrative building of the sewage treatment plant at Jajmau and decide the agenda for monitoring accordingly.

(Action-KNN, GPCU, UP PCB, Rakesh Jaiswal (Eco Friends), ACM II)

The Project Manager, GPCU, UPJN informed that till Dec. 2005 KNN owed Rs. 856.433 lac and tanners Rs. 657.40 lac towards the O&M costs of 36 MLD CETP. He also informed that a meeting in this regard was held at the state government level under the chairmanship of Commissioner, Industrial Development UP on Jan. 19, 2006. As a follow up, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Commissioner and Director, Directorate of Industries Kanpur. Again a meeting was held on Jan 25 at STP Jajmau between representatives of tannery associations and Jal Nigam officials, unfortunately the tannery associations were represented by M/S UP Leather Industries Association only. DM directed that meetings with tannery associations should be held regularly to solve the problem. Information regarding the procedures and norms for treating an industry closed was sought from GM, DIC. On the basis of reply received, DM directed UPJN to verify the information about the closure at its level and not to send the bill to the industry if it was closed.

(Action-GPCU UPJN, UPPCB)

Project Manager, GPCU, UPJN informed that the sewage samples from domestic trunk sewer in Jajmau area were tested by IITK and was found that Chromium was present in high concentration. UPPCB informed that they had identified some tanneries which were discharging their effluent into the domestic sewer. DM directed that action be taken as per the law and report be presented before Feb 10, 2006.

(Action-UP PCB, Water Works)

Project Manager, GPCU UPJN informed that the cleaning work of 90” sewer line has been completed but 90” sewer line near tannery wastewater pumping station is choked, as a result sewage is not reaching the treatment plant. In order to fix this problem, the domestic sewer line in the downstream of Dapka Nala is being cleaned. DM directed to expedite this work.

(Action-GPCU UPJN & Jal Sansthan)

Regarding the overflow of the sewage at Bhagwaddas ghat, GM Jal sansthan informed that the drain is full of silt and garbage. The problem will be fixed after cleaning the drain. Nagar Nigam was directed by the DM to present a report regarding the cleaning of the drain.

(Action-Water Works & KNN)

Project Manager, GPCU UPJN informed that Mr Ramji Tripathi, Convenor Ganga Pradushan Mukti Abhiyan had drawn the attention towards Azadnagar and Nawabganj drains which are falling into river Ganga and discussion was held over the options to remedy the problem in the last meeting. DM had directed to hold discussions with peoples’ representatives, NGOs and volunteers over proposed treatment options to fix the problem. He had also directed Jal Nigam officials to do technical review of the proposals and then present a report to him. Dr Binayak Rath, Professor Economics IITK, had suggested oxidation pond as an economical option in the last meeting. No proposal was received from Dr Rath. DM further directed to request Dr Rath to submit a proposal.

(Action-Dr Binayak Rath, IITK, Mr Ramji Tripathi GPMA & UPJN)

Voluntary organizations had desired that volunteers interested in controlling the pollution of Ganga should be given I-cards and rights. The DM directed that a list of volunteers should be procured from NGOs and the information about the volunteers be verified by the concerned police station and then I-cards be issued.

(Action-ADM Kanpur Nagar, SSP Kanpur Nagar, VOs)

Regarding scientific landfill site for toxic tannery sludge which is under construction at Rooma, Dr Girdhani, Health Officer, KNN had informed in the last meeting that the landfill site would be completed before Mar 2006. KNN informed that now the works would be completed before May 25, 2006. DM directed to keep strict watch on the progress and complete the work within the time limit. Similarly the DM directed to complete the Common Chrome Recover Plant which is under progress. Toxic sludge from 36 mld CETP is being removed by KNN. The work was reviewed and direction was given to expedite the progress.

(Action-KNN)

Mr Rakesh Jaiswal had raised the issue in the last meeting that arrangement for Chromium and other heavy metals’ testing should be made in the lab at Jajmau STP. At this, Project Manager, GPCU UPJN informed that it was not possible to make such an arrangement due to paucity of funds. Mr Jaiswal suggested that Chrome testing can be done by CLRI lab which is close to STP. DM directed to contact CLRI and do the needful.

(Action-GPCU UPJN, CLRI Kanpur)

The representative from M/S UP Leather Industries Assn informed that the removal of tannery solid waste from their area was slow, though KNN was being paid by them @ Rs 350/ truck. DM directed KNN to take appropriate action and submit a report in this regard.

(Action-KNN)

Mr Rakesh Jaiswal suggested to ban fishing in river Ganga. He informed that UP Govt had constituted River Police in the past. The river water quality would improve if river police could be reactivated. The DM directed that appropriate action be ensured by writing a letter to SSP Kanpur Nagar.

(Action-SSP Kanpur Nagar)

Mr Rakesh Jaiswal had written a letter to DM seeking his attention to groundwater pollution issue, owing to indiscriminate industrial waste disposal. The DM directed to constitute a committee comprising representatives from UP PCB, KNN, Water Works and other concerned departments. This committee should visit Jajmau, Noraiakheda, Juhi Rakhimandi and Panki and submit a report in this regard, directed the DM.

(Action-UP PCB, KNN, Water Works)

 

Minutes of the third meeting regarding Ganga Pollution Control program held on Oct. 18, 2006 in collectorate auditorium under the chairmanship of DM Kanpur Nagar

 

Ganga pollution control works could not be monitored by the monitoring committee constituted by the DM, instead only routine monitoring was conducted by the departments. DM directed the monitoring committee to ensure monitoring every fortnight with ACM II. Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal desired to seek relevant information from Jal Nigam through a questionnaire before monitoring. DM directed Jal Nigam to comply with this demand.

(Action-Nagar Nigam, GPCU UPJN, UP PCB, Rakesh Jaiswal, ACM II)

Project Manager GPCU UPJN informed that tanneries and KNN owed Rs. 621.30 and Rs. 812.47 lakhs respectively towards the O&M of 36 MLD CETP. DM directed to arrange a meeting with tannery associations in next 10-15 days to resolve this issue. It was informed that some tanneries declared themselves closed simply by writing a letter to Pollution Control Board and wanted to be kept out of O&M contributors' list. DM directed GM Ganga Pollution Control Unit UP Jal Nigam to seek information from District industries Department about the parameters which qualify an industry to declare closed and take action accordingly.

(Action-GPCU UPJN, UP PCB, GM Industries)

DM directed the UP PCB to identify those tanneries which were discharging their waste directly into river Ganga and take appropriate action against them. And if no tannery was doing this, a certificate in this regard should be produced in 15 days.

(Action-State Pollution Control Board)

Jal Nigam got samples from domestic trunk sewer analyzed by IIT and it was found that the level of chromium had increased in the sewage of Jajmau area. It's obvious that tannery wastewater is being discharged illegally in Jajmau sewer system. DM directed UP PCB and Jal Sansthan to identify such tanneries and take necessary action.

(Action-Water Works, UP PCB)

Jal Nigam is desilting and cleaning the choked trunk sewer in the downstream of Dapka drain. DM directed Jal Nigam to expedite it. Jal Sansthan was directed to make the funds available for this.

(Action-Water Works & Jal Nigam)

Jal Nigam could not answer clearly about the status of Bhagwaddas ghat drain and Guptar ghat pumping station. DM directed Jal Sansthan to investigate this and produce a report in this regard.

(Action-Water Works)

Ganga Pradushan Mukti Abhiyan Coordinator Mr. Ram Ji Tripathi mentioned about the sewage discharge through drains like Azadnagar and Nawabganj. Various options were explored to resolve this. DM directed that in order to solve these problems a proposal should be produced after holding discussions about proposed treatment options with other peoples' representatives, NGOs and VOs. He also directed Jal Nigam officials to review the same technically and produce a report in this regard.  In this regard oxidation pond as an economical option was suggested by IIT Professor Dr Binayak Rath. He suggested an oxidation pond in the context of sewage drains from Kalyanpur and Vikasnagar areas. DM suggested that Dr. Rath should survey the area and identify suitable spots for oxidation ponds with the help of his research students and Jal Nigam should assist him in finalizing the options. He assured that the suggestions would be considered favourably.

(Action-Dr. Binayak Rath, Mr. Ramji Tripathi, NGOs, UPJN)

NGOs had requested the DM in the last meeting to issue I-Cards and give powers to volunteers so that they could contribute effectively towards controlling pollution in Ganga . DM informed that concerned ACMs would issue I-Cards to volunteers deployed by registered NGOs but such volunteers would not be allowed to execute any law and order related work. Such volunteers would definitely be entitled to seek help from police of the area in executing their assignment in regard with Ganga pollution control work.

(Action-ADM, SSP, NGOs)

KNN official Dr. Girdhani apprised about the progress on scientific landfill site for tannery sludge which was under construction and told that the work would be completed by March 2006. DM directed the official to keep a strict vigil on the progress and complete the work within the time frame. Similarly CCRP which is under construction should be completed by Mar. 2006.

(Action-KNN)

Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal (Eco Friends) raised the issue of lack of testing facility for heavy metals at treatment plants. Jal Nigam informed that a proposal in this regard had already been sent to Jal Nigam HQ. DM directed to do the needful to set up the testing facility for heavy metals in the lab.

(Action-UP Jal Nigam)

It was decided by the DM that the next meeting would be held in mid November.

(Action-GPCU UPJN)

 
Minutes of the Second Meeting held at Collectorate Auditorium on June 09
 

District Magistrate briefed about the proceedings of the first meeting held on 03/06/05 and directed to add one officer nominated by Regional Officer UP Pollution Control Board to the Monitoring team constituted by him. The team consists of Executive Engineer and Health Officer from KNN, a nominated Magistrate from District Administration, one Project Manager from Jal Nigam and Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal from NGO Eco Friends. The team will first inform GM Jal Nigam and then monitor Ganga pollution control works in Kanpur and will directly report to the District Magistrate.

(Action-City Commissioner KNN, GM Jal Nigam, RO State Pollution Control Board, ADM, Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal Eco Friends)

Tannery owners Associations complained about incorrect bills. A decision was taken to hold a camp at Jal Nigam administrative building Jajmau on 16/06/05 at 11:00 AM . The UPPCB officers, Nagar Nigam officers, representatives from Tannery Associations and concerned Tannery owners will participate and the controversial bills will be disposed off on the spot after examining them.

(Action-City Commissioner, RO State Pollution Board, GM Jal Nigam, representatives of Jajmau Tanners Association, UP Leather Industries Association and Small Tanneries association)

Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal of Eco Friends informed that some tanneries situated on the river bank were discharging their effluent directly into Ganga . Direction in this regard was issued to officers of UPPCB, KNN and UP Jal Nigam to investigate and identify such units and report to DM before June 16. Similarly to ascertain if tanneries were giving primary treatment to their effluent, UPPCB was directed to analyse effluent samples and Jal Nigam to analyse the tannery effluent reaching the CETP from time to time.

(Action-Eco Friends, RO Pollution Board, GM GPCU UP Jal Nigam and KNN)

It was also brought to the notice by Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal that raw sewage was entering the river through Dapka drain due to damaged and choked sewer line. GM Jal Nigam informed that Jal Sansthan had expressed its inability to remediate the problem, and therefore now it would be done by Jal Nigam. He further informed that tenders have already been invited and after tenders are received, the work will be accorded top priority.

(Action-GM Ganga Pollution Control Unit UP Jal Nigam)

It was informed that the raw sewage was also entering Ganga through Bhagwatdas ghat owing to overflow from the pumping station. GM Jal Sansthan assured that the matter would be investigated and solved at the earliest.

(Action-GM Jal sansthan)

Sri Ram Ji Tripathi of Ganga Mukti Abhiyan told that the Ganga was mainly being polluted by the dead bodies, garbage like worship materials, tannery effluent and raw sewage through various drains. His society had appointed Ganga Praharis to stop garbage and body dumping in the river, informed Mr. Tripathi. He desired that Ganga Praharis should be given some power in this regard. The DM suggested to consider this and directed to furnish a list of such Praharis. Mr. Tripathi also suggested that raw sewage should be treated in two big tanks in Ganga Katri and the treated water should be used for agriculture. Jal Nigam apprised that one such plan is in the pipeline in collaboration with KDA.

(Action-Ganga Pradushan Mukti Abhiyan, GM Jal Nigam and KDA)

Mr. BP Shukla, Zonal Officer CPCB and Dr. RK Singh, Scientific Officer CPCB apprised that the sludge generated from Jajmau Treatment Plant contained on an average 30-40 mg per kg of chromium and therefore it was necessary to shift the sludge before the onset of the monsoon. Mr. FU Rehman, Team Leader PPCU opined that it would be appropriate to shift the sludge to Rooma dumping site and dispose off the same temporarily by spreading plastic sheet till the fundamental works for the proposed scientific landfill site were completed. He informed that ultimately sludge has to reach Rooma. The DM directed the KNN to take appropriate action in this regard. CPCB also informed that the groundwater in Noraiakheda area was found to be contaminated with Chromium. They informed about their Chromium remediation project in the Noraiakheda area. The DM directed that a copy of the project and the groundwater survey report be made available to him.

(Action-City Commissioner, CPCB and UPPCB)

A water supply scheme, which is being executed by Jal Nigam in Chromium affected villages, remains incomplete. The DM directed the concerned officials of Jal Nigam to complete it at the earliest.

(Action-Executive Engineer Jal Nigam)

Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal informed that fishing was banned from Farrukhabad to Allahabad in river Ganga , despite the ban fishing continues on a huge scale. The DM directed to invite the officers from Fisheries Department in the next meeting.

(Action- Officer Incharge, Fisheries Department)

The DM Deepak Kumar IAS directed that the next meeting should be convened in the second week of July. Jal Nigam was directed to submit the details of expenses for the current month related to CETP.

(Action-GM, GPCU UP Jal Nigam)

 
Minutes of the First Meeting held at Collectorate auditorium on June 3, 2005
 
 

Mr. Rakesh Kumar Jaiswal from Eco Friends briefed about the causes of Ganga pollution and the remedial measures taken till date.

The District Magistrate was apprised with the discussions on GAP related issues held in a meeting on 02.06.05 jointly chaired by the Secretary, Urban Development and Secretary, Environment.

The District Magistrate formed a team to monitor GAP related works in Kanpur . The monitoring team comprises Health Officer Dr. Girdhani and an Executive Engineer from KNN, a nominated magistrate from District Administration and Mr. Rakesh Jaiswal representing NGO Eco Friends. The team will monitor GAP works with prior information to nodal officer of Jal Nigam and will report to DM. Jal Nigam officials will be present at the treatment plant during monitoring.

It was decided that a meeting will be held every month with the participation of concerned officials, tannery owners' representatives and NGOs and Jal Nigam will present the details of monthly expenses on Common Effluent Treatment Plant besides other issues.

Next meeting was proposed for 09.06.05 in the Collectorate auditorium.

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