Maharashtra government comes up with a river conservation scheme

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Keeping in mind the rapid growth and adverse affects of urbanisation and industrialisation, Maharashtra government has come up with a river conservation scheme, under which sewage water will be recycled and treated so that it can be used again in the agriculture and industry. The scheme will be implemented in class ‘D’ municipal corporations, councils and villages with population up to 15,000 that are situated along the rivers.

Officials claimed that sewage water adds up to 70% of the pollution in rivers while 30% is because of industrial effluents.

The focus points in the scheme will be controlling river pollution improving the quality of river water, besides identifying polluting belts. Religious, historic, and important sites, for both commercial and tourism sectors, will be given priority.