Pollution Research Paper

Vol 33, Issue 04, 2014 ; Page No.(733-736 )

COMPARATIVE WATER QUALITY ANALYSIS OF THE CIRCULAR CANAL AND THE TOLLYíS NALA IN KOLKATA MEGACITY

CHANDANI BHATTACHARJEE

Abstract

The city of Kolkata has a unique network of canals which have sustained the geomorphics of the city for centuries. Presently, there has been human and natural degeneration on this network. The canal system which contained the city literally has been overburdened by sewage disposals and encroachments. The study of two canals, the Circular canal and the Tolly’s Nala has been made keeping in mind these two polluting parameters. The purpose of this paper has been to highlight the water quality of the canals and determine if at all there is any pattern to the pollution in the canals. The location of the megacity and the future sustenance of the same would depend on how healthy the canals are as they have a huge flushing effect on the silt of the lower Bengal region which is predominantly the riverine area of Hugli. Planners and developers need assess the importance of the twin canals rather that diverting, blocking and chocking them for meager short term gains.

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