What is the issue ?
- 17 of the the major rivers of the West Bengal state have been deemed unfit to even bathe let alone drink or domestic use according to a new report.
What does the report say ?
- According to the latest State of Environment Report, published by the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB), in 17 major rivers of the State, including the Ganges, the levels of coliform bacteria (found mainly in human faeces) are much higher than the permissible limit of MPN (most probable number) per 100 ml.
- The permissible limit as per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) guideline is 500
- According to the WBPCB, compared with 2014, all the four main rivers of north Bengal recorded a signicant increase in TCC, while the ones in south Bengal had TCC levels much higher than the permissible limit.
Rivers that have been deemed unfit :