`Dead` Hindon bleeds inky blue from dyeing units here

  • | Wednesday | 15th November, 2023

NOIDA: The stretch of the Hindon has turned dark blue in Bahlolpur, bleached by copious streams of chemicals gushing into the river from illegal dyeing units that continue to sprout despite several government and judicial interventions.In May, TOI reported how the river had turned red, prompting the pollution board to close about 50 dyeing units operating illegally along its banks.UP pollution control board regional officer Utsav Sharma said they have sought a list from the power distribution company on how many such units had been provided with electricity in the village. "We have been continuously monitoring the dye units operating out of Bahlolpur. But many have relocated deeper into the village and are operating after sundown. We will disconnect their power connection once the electricity department hands over a list of all these units by next week," Sharma said.The sight of dye discharged by these illegal units coursing into the river through deposits of garbage on its banks is neither new nor unusual, for locals."Some of the dyeing units that were shut down in May have started operating again. The question is, who will stop them? If the authorities were strict the first time and made frequent surprise visits, then these units would have packed up and left," a local resident said.The Hindon, which originates from the Shivalik range in the Saharanpur district and flows down to Muzaffarnagar, Shamli, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Budh Nagar to meet the Yamuna downstream, runs mostly through a narrow channel and is choked by hyacinth, garbage, plastic and sewage at several places."All the drains in our village are connected to the river. I have seen the river colour change several times over the past few weeks. A recent video, shot just two days back, shows the river water has turned inky blue. If the authorities want to catch the culprits, they must crack down post sunset," another villager said.

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