Arsenic Poisoning in West Bengal : Treatment Plant

FATE OF THREE CRORE RUPEE ARSENIC REMOVAL PLANTS IN MURSHIDABAD

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Table-1: Arsenic concentration (microgram/ litre) before and after treatment plant of Domkal Block in Murshidabad, West Bengal-India

Sl No Gram Panchayet Identification Mark Concentration of Arsenic in Tubewell Water (µg/l) Concentration of Arsenicafter Treatment Plant (µg/l)
1 Ajimganj Near Barnali Studio, Domkal Bazar <3 <3
2 Ajimganj Domkal Thana <3 <3
3 Ajimganj Near Bimala Xerox, Domkal <3 <3
4 Ajimganj Inside Domkal Hospital <3 <3
5 Garaimari Suchitra Biswas, Srikrishnapur Hazrapara <3 <3
6 Ajimganj Near Nerakundu House 9 <3
7 Ajimganj Bablu Chowdhury, Domkal Shitla More 18 <3
8 Juginda Mojammel Sekh, Madhupur 20 <3
9 Raipur Shitalnagar Primary School 31 <3
10 Garibpur Madhya Garibpur Primary School 33 <3
11 Raipur Surman Ali, Khiderpara 40 <3
12 Madhurkul Muraripur Primary School 45 <3
13 Garaimari Srikrishnapur Kalitalapara, Near Mosque 47 <3
14 Garibpur Patdeyar H.K.S. Vidyapith 48 <3
15 Bhagirathpur Bhagirathpur High School 67 <3
16 Raipur Malek Mondol,Chanderpara 68 22
17 Juginda Bakkar Ali Mandal,Madhupur 69 <3
18 Juginda Abu Taher Sk, Hasanpur 72 <3
19 Raipur Mohsin Mandal, Kupila Daspara 72 <3
20 Garaimari Lokman Shah 90 <3
21 Raipur Near Gramin Bank, Katakopra 106 18
22 Garaimari Samsul Mollah, Srikrishnapur Billpara 109 <3
23 Garaimari Mainuddin Mondal, Rajapur 115 <3
24 Juginda Nikhil Chakraborti, Juginda Biswaspara 129 <3
25 Juginda Aminabad Biswaspara 135 <3
26 Garaimari Garaimari Primary School 159 111
27 Juginda Piprapuri Daspara 165 47
28 Bhagirathpur Saidul Sk, Kalupur 175 <3
29 Garaimari Matiur Rahman, Aminabad 183 18
30 Raipur Hazi Mohammad, Katakopra 198 18
31 Ghoramara Nazimuddin Biswas, Harurpara 250 45
32 Garaimari Jahangir Hossain, Rajapur 278 <3
33 Ghoramara Mafidul Islam, Harurpara 278 <3
34 Juginda Jakir Ali Mandal,Dakshinnagar Shawpara 432 <3

Surprisingly, Table-1 shows that out of 34 plants, in 5 (15%), the related tubewells have hardly any arsenic, the content being less than 3 microgram/litre, well below the WHO level of 10 microgram/litre, and the Government of India level of 50 microgram/litre. (Table-1, serial no.1 to 5).

In 9 more plants (26%), the arsenic level is below the maximum tolerance level set by the Govt. of India. (Table-1, serial no. 6 to 14).

In 5 (15%) more plants (Table-1, serial.no.15 to 19), the arsenic level is slightly above that fixed by the Govt. of India, being 67-72 microgram/litre. 15 plants out of 34 (44%) have been linked with contaminated tubewells (Table-1, serial no. 20 to 34).

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