In Punjab, Buddha Nullah channel is highly polluted and threatens the health of the people living on its banks.
Due to rapid industrialization, lack of a sewage system, increasing use of fertilizers and chemicals in agriculture, pollution has reached alarming levels in Buddha Nullah.
Punjab Government has set up water treatment plants but they are often mismanaged, curbing their the potential of their purifying capacity. Besides, recent studies have underlined that the number of water-treatment plants should at least double to actually treat the amount of waste water that flows into Buddha Nullah.
This situation adversely impacts the lives and health of people staying on the banks of the channel. An increasing number of them suffer from breathing diseases, or skin problems, and the number will continue to go up if no action is taken. “The pollution of the river is dangerous for people around it. The smell is bad, the color is suspicious. People are afraid of drinking the water now but they have no other solution,” said Jai Kumar.
Recent studies have shown that Buddha Nullah water has a high concentration of chemicals and heavy metals and heavy microbiological load in the form of bacteria, an indicator of faecal contamination, and there is absence of aquatic flora and fauna. All these are the signs that the water is now unfit for consumption.
Jai Kumar hopes that his video will urge the Punjab Government to take action, to prevent the environmental and human catastrophe in making.