Keeping 24x7 tab on Ganga’s pollution level a reality now

In Kanpur, the monitoring stations have been set up on footpaths of Nanamau and Jajmau bridges. The station at Nanamau has been commissioned recently but its data is not accessible to the CPCB authorities as internet connectivity has not been provided so far. Radhesyam said the commissioning of another station at Jajmau bridge got delayed because of an objection from the National Highways Authority of India.

NHAI Project Director Naveen Mishra said, "UPPCB was setting up the machine on the footpath of NH-25 on the bridge. It was blocking the path for pedestrians. Following our objection, they have shifted it to another lane now."

The two monitoring station in Varanasi were being set up near VRM bypass and one near a power grid base near the river.

UPPCB officials said that the maximum pollution in the Ganga river was in these three cities and, hence, the monitoring devices were being installed first in UP. A UPPCB official said that the Centre has plans to set up such water quality monitoring stations later in others states where the Ganga river flows.

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