Kolkata: In a pro-active move to counter the problem of arsenic contamination in ground water of West Bengal, Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh here on Sunday proposed an international centre in the metropolis for studying ground water contamination.

Jairam Ramesh said, the Centre is taking serious note of the arsenic percolation in groundwater. “The equipments for studying the contamination of ground water by carcinogenic chemical will be installed at Damdama, Panihati, Baruipur, Barasat, Bajbaj, Bankuda and Khardah,” said Ramesh.

"Arsenic is the most serious water problem which is not restricted to West Bengal. If the state offers land we can open a study centres ‘International Research Centre for Arsenic Studies’ here with full central grant," he told an international seminar on water.

Ramesh also desired a ground-level survey by an expert body including international professionals, of Rs 2,700 crore in projects sanctioned in West Bengal in 2006.

The minister also asked the state to send projects to clean up large polluted water bodies in the state for water supply.

JPN/Bureau