Maharashtra had two to three times the number of polluted stretches than the next four worst states: Assam (28), Madhya Pradesh (21), Gujarat (20) and West Bengal (17). Together, the top five polluting states accounted for 45% of India’s polluted river stretches between 2008 and 2012.
Toxic waste has been choking Maharashtra’s rivers, and fishing communities complain that their daily catch is only 10% of what it used to be, the Hindustan Times reported on August 13, 2016.
Lax monitoring of and prosecution for water pollution in the state means that common effluent treatment plants routinely flout environmental guidelines on discharging untreated effluents into rivers, IndiaSpend reported on May 10, 2017.
Source: Lok Sabha
(Vivek is an analyst with IndiaSpend.)
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