The Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) on Tuesday disconnected power to DAV University here on the recommendation of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) for violation of pollution norms.
"DAV University, which became operational in July, is yet to comply with the pollution norms and in spite of repeated notices did not obtain the mandatory No-Objection Certificate (NOC) before starting its operations," PPCB senior environmental engineer SP Garg told Hindustan Times.
There was no appropriate disposal of sewage as, in spite of installing the sewage treatment plant (STP), sewage disposal was still to be connected with it.
Garg said that besides issuing repeated notices, the board chairman had a meeting with the management of the university in June, but the management failed to comply with the norms.
"About 15 days ago, the recommendation of disconnecting power was made to the PSPCL and on Tuesday the power supply was snapped," Garg said.
Confirming the compliance of the PPCB recommendation, PSPCL superintending engineer Gopal Sharma said the power had been disconnected.
"On Thursday, we got a fax from the PPCB and on Tuesday around 1pm, we disconnected the power supply to the university," Sharma said.
About the delay in compliance of the recommendation, Sharma said, "In routine, we get such recommendations for disconnection of power supply to polluting industrial units, but in this case, students of the university were to be the sufferers and ample time was given to the authorities for compliance of norms, but they failed to do so and ultimately the connection was cut.
Regional director (colleges) of DAV Management Committee CL Kochar criticised the PPCB for taking action "in haste" and said that within a week all formalities for getting the environment clearance would be obtained.
"The STP is already installed but not commissioned so far and within a week, everything will be in order," Kochar said, adding that in the meantime for uninterrupted power supply to the university premises, a generator would be used.
"Owing to the festival season, a majority of hostel students, especially girls, have gone to their native towns and by the time they return, everything will be in order," he added.
Earlier, the country's first university of the DAV Management, was in controversy for "not obtaining" the mandatory approval from the University Grants Commission before running various courses.