P Mishra City Commissioner, Kanpur
S P Mishra currently holds the post of City Commissioner
in Kanpur and is the administrative head of Kanpur Municipal Corporation.
Mr Mishra did his schooling from Azamgarh, a district in Eastern
UP where he was born. He did his graduation and post graduation
from Allahabad University. He qualified for Provincial Civil Services
in the year 1980. He has served in various capacities as a bureaucrat
in various districts of Uttar Pradesh. Mr. Mishra talked to Mohd.
Owais on various issues pertaining to pollution of Kanpur and
What do you think about man-nature relationship? Any change in
peoples' perception about the nature and natural resources over
is the product of nature and therefore, he should stay in harmony
with nature. He should not make any effort to destroy the peace
of nature and should follow the dictates of nature. Yes! The perception
of man has totally changed owing to various factors like industrialization,
population growth and change in attitude towards nature. Man has
become self-centered and is abusing the nature and the natural
resources for his own interests. This has resulted into massive
destruction of the nature.
we are realizing these problems. There is a discernible positive
change in peoples' perception towards nature. Nature is giving
suitable strictures to human beings. Nature is a very watchful
enemy and it never lets any mistake go unpunished. We're forced
to learn from these punishments of nature. Nature will teach us
to respect it. I can see the positive changes happening.
How do you rate Kanpur in terms of environmental quality?
polluted. Outsiders as well as the inhabitants of Kanpur think
that Kanpur is most polluted town in Uttar Pradesh. It has major
problems of garbage disposal, traffic congestion and pollution.
The industrial character of the town is responsible for its present
state of decadence.
How do you prioritize top five problems of Kanpur city? Any plan
to solve them?
Unemployment: Closure of textile and other mills have lead
to heavy unemployment in the town. 15,000 odd families are the
victims. This has added to the criminalisation of the society
and created law and order problem in the town. Gainful employment
to these families is the only answer. This can be achieved either
by reviving the industries or creating new ones.
Traffic congestion: Most of the roads are encroached and congested.
The average speed of the vehicles is 17 km/hour. The city needs
at- least 5-6 over-bridges. Good quality buses are required as
means of public transport. Encroachments must be removed on priority
Filth and garbage: Kanpur is the dirtiest town in Uttar Pradesh
and it needs special attention towards its problem of garbage
disposal. The garbage disposal system needs up-gradation. Garbage
to energy project is in the pipeline. A scientific landfill site
is proposed to deal with the toxic tannery sludge. Use of polybags
needs to be discouraged. The timings and the places for the garbage
disposal should be fixed. People should come forward to tackle
Pollution: Kanpur is a highly polluted town. The ambient air
quality is very bad. The drinking water sources are contaminated.
Noise levels are also high. CNG will be introduced soon to address
the problem of air pollution. GAP is in progress to address the
problem of Ganga pollution. A lot more needs to be done.
Law and order: Law and order situation is not satisfactory.
It seems as if Kanpur has become unmanageable.
How do you perceive Ganga? What do you think about Ganga
in Kanpur? Would you take a dip in and aachman (mouthful) of Ganga
Ganga is associated with our existence. We're dependent on Ganga
for our water needs. It carries a religious importance for us.
Kanpur stretch of Ganga is highly polluted. The raw water of Ganga
is not fit for human use. I won't take a dip in Ganga waters of
Kanpur. I took the last dip in 1983 at Sangam.
What factors are responsible for the pathos of Ganga?
social practices, excessive use and misuse of Ganga waters, addition
of hazardous chemicals by the industries, domestic sewage, and
poaching of turtles and fish are responsible for the pathos of
Are you satisfied with the efforts being made to restore Ganga?
I'm satisfied with the efforts being made under Ganga Action Plan
by the government. These are the only ways to make Ganga pollution
free. Ganga Action Plan needs improvement. Tapping of drains is
not proper and there are other problems also which need to be
addressed. It's an ongoing process. People should be made aware
about the pollution and they should feel more concerned about
the river. Religious leaders should be roped in for educating
the masses. They can play a key role in controlling the polluting
social practices like dead body dumping in the river.
Can Ganga ever be restored to its pristine purity and beauty?
it's difficult but situation can definitely be improved. It's
not possible to restore Ganga to its pre-disturbance state but
it canbe made pollution free and healthier in terms of its ecology
Any appeal /message to the masses.
the preserver of nature. Consume less. Stop using the polybags.