Hitesh Chavda, Bharuch: Narmada River, known as the lifeline of Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, flowing from the Amarkantak, has long been ignored which has now resulted into shrinking of its flow, especially in the Bharuch district. In the last 20 years, the width of Narmada's flow has reduced from 1400 metres to 200 metres due to constant flow of pollutants and increasing growth of wild vegetation and shrubbery in and around the river.

One of the locals informed that the level of pollution in the water body has increased to such an extent that when a bore-well was dug for a new residential apartment complex, the water had a salty taste, which is something that has never happened before. Unchecked accumulation of dirt and growth of weeds and wild shrubs have also reduced the flow of the river.

Zuber Patel, a local politician from Congress told MeraNews that the amount of water being released into the stream has reduced in the past 20 years and as a result, most part of the Narmada River in this region has dried up. Additionally, sewage water released by housing societies and residential apartments in the town and industries located at the GIDC releasing effluents into the river has heavily polluted the water body. Whatever you see here in the Narmada is no longer the water from the river but the polluted stream mixed with effluents and sewage. The flow of the river, which used to be 1400 metres and full to the brink during monsoons, now has shrunk to an alarming 200 metres and looks like a dead river in all the seasons.

Ravi Kumar Arora, the Bharuch district collector told MeraNews the drainage water treatment plant in Bharuch, which is under construction right now, will be operational by August 2019 and then the sewage water will be released into the river only after it is treated through this plant. Some of this treated sewage water will also be provided to industries who are seeking it. He further informed that a separate arrangement will be done for the effluents mixed water that is being released from factories.