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Chromium contamination: 4 industrial units shut

In a knee-jerk reaction, the UP Pollution Control Board has suspended production activity at four industrial units in Meerut Road Industrial area, near NH-58, till further orders. Peeyush Khandelwal reports.

delhi Updated: Aug 25, 2010 01:59 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal

In a knee-jerk reaction, the UP Pollution Control Board has suspended production activity at four industrial units in Meerut Road Industrial area, near NH-58, till further orders. The move comes after an alarming rise was reported in Chromium contamination levels in underground water in the adjacent residential areas.

The four industries are Sriram Piston and Rings, Marshal Cycles Pvt Ltd, Mascot India Tools and Forgings Pvt Ltd and Kathuria Brothers (leather section). The Regional Pollution Control Board (RPCB) in-charge T.U. Khan and Additional District Magistrate S.K. Srivastava said.

In 2004, RPCB had asked these four units to construct a new borewell. However, the new borewell too became contaminated. A recent test found Chromium levels in underground water to be 2.60 mg/l as against the max permissible limits of .05 mg/l.

"UPPCB officials ordered the crackdown. We have asked them to provide a clean water source and to suggest remedies to the problem," Khan said.