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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 1:15 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 1:15 AM (IST)STOPPING POLLUTION IN WATER BODIES

‘Floating barriers can come in handy’

Gurvinder Singh

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 13

There is a need for building floating barriers at several points across rivers and canals in order to stop the spread of solid waste debris from flowing and polluting water bodies of the state.

Col Jasjit Singh Gill, founder member of Let’s Clean Ludhiana Trust, came up with the idea to stop the spread and flow of floating debris in Sidhwan canal, near PAU-GADVASU gates, where large amounts of solid waste gets trapped.

He said, “It is a simple innovation that can stop the flow of solid waste, which is polluting rivers and canals in Punjab.”

It was installed at the Sidhwan canal in 2015 to prevent the flow of solid waste further, he added. “Now, this waste is cleaned by divers looking for coconuts, thermocol sheets and other things. But its designed can be improved to make it self-cleaning system,” he said.

Col Gill claimed that it was the first such barrier in the country, which was made of used drums, wire, and other material after carrying out research.

  “In fact, large amount of solid waste that is being thrown along the Buddha Nullah can also be stopped by using such barriers. If there are barriers at different points along the nullah it will also make it clear,” he added. 

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