Toxic river waters: Govt should initiate immediate steps to check menace: Kultar Sandhwan

Chandigarh – The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has expressed its serious concern over the state government’s stubborn stance over the rising pollution in the river waters taking a heavy toll on, besides human lives, aquatic life in the region. The pollution levels in the river waters flowing up to the state of Rajasthan wreaking havoc there with the government in the saddle sleeping over the matter. It said that 78 per cent of the population residing along the feeder canal was affected by the menace.

In a joint statement issued from party headquarters in Chandigarh here on Tuesday, senior party leaders, including Punjab Kisan wing chief and MLA, Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Dy Leader of Opposition, Bibi Sarvjit Kaur Manuke, Kulwant Singh Pandori, Manjit Singh Bilaspur (MLAs) and Zone President Gurdit Singh Sekhon, said the party (AAP) had been crying hoarse over the issue saying that the people residing near the rivers were forced to drink contaminated water which, they claimed was not even fit for human consumption as the same contained high toxic content, while the government was turning a blind eye to the issue involving human lives.

Expressing their serious concern over the predicament, the leaders added that the polluted river waters were posing a potential danger to the lives of the people, especially the Malwa region, who were falling prey to certain life-threatening diseases, like cancer, asthma and other water-borne diseases. The rising toxic content in the river waters had badly affected the aquatic life in the region, the AAP leaders further said.

The AAP leaders further added that the pollutants and industrial waste flowing into the river waters from certain industrial units in prominent cities like Jalandhar and Ludhiana, touted to be the main contributors to the pollution mess, leaving the people to use contaminated water for drinking and other purposes, including even watering their livestock.

Quoting reports to support his statement, the Kisan leader claimed that the water being supplied to the residents of the areas had been categorized as C-grade, which, he said was a serious matter of concern, stating why the state government was so insensitive to the growing menace involving precious lives. He alleged that that the government had no political will to check the menace that had spread its fangs like never before.

Deputy Leader of Opposition Sarvjit Kaur Manuke said that the state government should immediately come out of its cozy confines and address the issue to ensure supply of quality potable water to the people of the region and save them from falling prey to certain avoidable diseases thus redeeming its pledge to save lives by providing the people of the state pure potable water. She stated that they had been flagging the issue for a pretty long time at various platforms now, but nothing had come out of the narrative.

The AAP MLAs demanded that the government in the saddle should show some political will and come out with a workable solution to check the rising menace thus saving innocent lives from perishing. They urged that those helming the affairs should send out a clear and categorical message to the industrial units and factory owners to face action if they refused to desist from endangering the peoples’ lives. A case under the relevant sections of mass ‘Murder’ may also be  registered against those found guilty of violation.

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