Issues (and links to Agenda 21):
The explosive increase in population and fast industrial growth in the town has led to many environmental problems. The City's central core is in dire need for immediate planning to become a sustainable habitat again, as living standard there is perhaps at its minimum tolerable level. The city not only faces a severe water pollution problem; depletion of ground water resources due to excessive and unsustainable pumping is another serious problem. The situation has worsened to the extent that it is difficult to use ground water for drinking in the areas in and around the industrial estates.
The city's basic industry, dyeing and hosiery units, and its sewerage system have converted the surface water body Buda Nala virtually in an open sewer. The industries in general and dyeing and hosiery units in particular have polluted the ground water resources by injecting the untreated effluent. Through surface - groundwater interaction, Budha Nala is polluting the ground water up to 300-500 m on both side along a 25 km stretch downstream of the town before the canal's confluence with the river Satluj. And direct agricultural application of the effluent is leading to soil contamination as a potential health problem.
main objective of this project is to contribute towards the effective planning
and management of natural resources of the region. It aims to develop an
information network for wide dissemination of the output of the project
using a multi-media training tool and develop institutional capabilities
in the developing countries.