No dissolved oxygen in Hindon in Noida district

Noida : 8 May, 2019 (Hindustan Times)

17km stretch of the river, passing through Noida, Gr Noida, has no aquatic life, UP pollution control body says

NOIDA: The level of dissolved oxygen (DO) in a 17-km stretch of the Hindon River passing through Noida and Greater Noida is almost zero, a study by the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has found. The stretch in question merges with the Yamuna at Momnathal, near Noida’s Sector 150.

A UPPCB team, on April 30, took samples at various points on this stretch to test the quality of water. This came in the light of villagers from Momnathal village filings complaints about the river water containing extreme pollutants. Villagers had alleged the water was turning “oily” and harming their cattle.

The UPPCB took samples from upstream near Chhijarsi village at the Ghaziabad-gautam Budh Nagar border, downstream near Momnathal and some other places, where a Noida drain is emptying into the Hindon River at Sector 123.

“After tests, it has been confirmed that the DO level in the river’s 17km stretch, which passes through the Gautam Budh Nagar district, is zero. Noida’s treated discharge, from the Sector 123 sewage treatment plant (STP), is released into Hindon. STP empties 35 million litres treated water daily into the Hindon,” Anil Kumar Singh, regional officer, UPPCB, said.

Three drains from Greater Noida also discharge water into Hindon. UPPCB, however, said that only treated waste water is released into the Hindon.

“As per our report, no oil content has been found in the water, as had been claimed by villagers. Since there are no polluting industrial units located along the Hindon in Noida or Greater Noida, no untreated water is emptied into this river in the district,” Singh said.

Parts of the floodplains alongside the river stretch passing through the district have been sold as residential plots by the land mafia. Many people have started living in newly developed housing societies on these floodplains, dumping their sewage into the river. “Noida and Greater Noida release only treated effluents via drains. However, untreated effluents are released into the Hindon in Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Shamli and Saharanpur from industrial units, taking the pollution in the river to alarming levels. Hindon does not have any aquatic life due to pollutants in the water,” a UPPCB official, requesting anonymity, said.

The Hindon originates from Pur Ka Tanda village in Saharanpur and joins Yamuna near Momnathal. It passes through Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad. Those living along the river dump their waste into the river. The government’s earlier plans to rejuvenate the 400km-long-river, which mostly carries sewage from the six districts through which it flows, have failed.