Officials of the UP pollution control board (UPPCB) on Friday woke up from their slumber but the indifference continued. They visited the district industry centre (to procure a list of industries in Noida), saved some data onto a pen drive and returned.
“They didn’t look serious. They took a list of industries with addresses but they didn’t ask for details on types of industries. Unless the nature of industry is known you cannot really do any investigation,” said a district industry centre official.
“Even during physical verification, you cannot really know if the units have changed product-mix, which often happens in Noida,” he said. The national green tribunal has directed the UPPCB to conduct spot inspections, collect effluent from polluting units, analyse the same and submit a report on May 8.
The UPPCB started its inspection from Noida’s phase-II area, where a large number of industries are located. “Today we have not collected samples. After getting suggestions from our legal cell, we will start collecting samples, which will be examined (later) to ascertain if units are polluting the environment,” said an official.