Question raised in Lok Sabha on Pollution of Water Bodies, 08/03/2016

Question raised in Lok Sabha on Pollution of Water Bodies, 08/03/2016. Monitoring of marine pollution through Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System Programme is carried out by Integrated Coastal and Marine Area Management Project Directorate (ICMAM), Chennai under Ministry of Earth Sciences. Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) in association with State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs)/Pollution Control Committees (PCCs) is monitoring water bodies covering rivers, lakes, ponds and wells (for ground water assessment) across the country under National Water Quality Monitoring Programme (NWMP) at 2500 locations covering 1275 on rivers, 190 on lakes, 45 on drains, 41 on canals, 12 on tanks, 41 on creeks / seawater, 79 on ponds, 10 Water Treatment Plant (Raw Water) and 807 groundwater locations. According to an assessment of the CPCB, the water quality of 151 lakes, ponds & tanks are exceeding the prescribed limit in terms of BOD, a key indicator for organic pollution. The water quality at majority of locations of creeks and seawater are not meeting the prescribed criteria for Dissolved Oxygen (DO), Bio-chemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Conductivity and Faecal Coliform.