Arsenic found in groundwater of 24 districts in Assam
Arsenic found in groundwater of 24 districts in Assam Photo: Northeast Now

The groundwater in 24 districts of Assam is contaminated with arsenic, while in 13 districts water is contaminated by Fluoride, the Assam assembly was informed on Thursday.

Replying to a query by AGP MLA Ramendra Narayan Kalita during question hour, Public Health Engineering Minister Rihon Daimary said groundwater in 6881 areas of 24 districts are contaminated by arsenic.

Fluoride has been found across 930 areas in 13 districts, added Daimary. The state government has established 227 and 40 schemes for arsenic and fluoride free water respectively at various districts, he added, reports TOI.

“The Centre has also approved 122 schemes for arsenic free water in the state. But we have not been able to implement these as we don’t have land for them. I request all the MLAs to help us in acquiring land for this purpose.” Daimary said.

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