Fear of water contamination in Tripura, Bangladesh mission monitoring

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 18 May 2017, 12:16:24 | Updated : 18 May 2017, 17:43:47
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Fear of water contamination in Tripura, Bangladesh mission monitoring

Fear of water contamination in Tripura, Bangladesh mission monitoring
About 0.5 million people in Agartala town are without drinking water supply from Wednesday as it was stopped by the authorities following contamination of Howrah river water by ONGC waste.

"Four major water treatment plants in the city were closed since yesterday following contamination of water with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) drilling waste," water and sanitation chief engineer, Bishu Debbarma said.

"We are trying hard to restore the drinking water supply to the inhabitants," he said.

Nineteen rivers from Tripura including Howrah flow into Bangladesh, according to reports by some Indian media.

The Assistant High Commissioner of Bangladesh here, Mohammad Shakhwat Hussain said that the matter was informed to Dhaka for taking appropriate measures. They are also monitoring the situation.

Drilling waste from a site at Mandai at Baramura hill range, about 40 km from here was kept inside plastic bags near the abandoned drilling site.

Local people cut open the plastic bags to take them away and the waste materials in them were left on the ground. It later mixed with the river after heavy showers, ONGC spokesperson, Sonalee Datta told reporters.
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