The Indian minister for water resources, Uma Bharati, urged tannery owners in the Jajmau area to install flow meters in their units to monitor tannery discharge in the Ganges (Ganga).


At a review meeting held in early May with National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), representatives of Kanpur Development Authority, Kanpur Municipal Corporation, Jal Nigam, Ganga Pollution Control Board unit and tannery owners, she said that the Central government was serious in mitigating pollution in Ganga, with the installation of real time monitoring before 30 June 2015.


Bharati asked tannery owners to pay their dues so treatment plants could run properly. She instructed the KMC officials to run the chromium plant at full capacity and connect more tanneries to this project, and specifically asked officials to separate the common effluent treatment plant of Jajmau as the domestic and industrial wastes were being treated in the same plant. KMC officials informed her that they were aiming to buy two trace scheming machines to check free flow of domestic wastes containing garbage in the Ganges. A proposal to this effect had already been sent to the central government.


The cost of two trace scheming machines, one operator and the running cost would be around Rs4.90 crore (about $156,000) and the NMCG had already given its consent in principle.