A day after the national green tribunal in Delhi ordered new industrial units in Noida would not be given environmental clearance because of rising pollution, the local administration on Friday said “only one unit in the city is causing pollution.”
The Noida administration said only non-polluting industries were being allowed as polluting industries had been banned more than two decades ago. The Uttar Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (UPSPCB) says 70 % of the pollution is caused by vehicles, 20 % by industries and 10 % by households.
General manager of Gautam Budd Nagar district industry centre, a state government body, Ramesh Chandra, told Hindustan Times on Friday, “Only one paper mill running at sector 6 (industrial) is causing pollution. This, too, will be closed soon. We have served a notice and the company has planned to shift to another district.”
A recent report of the national institute of disaster management (NIDM) has said Noida industries have no concerns for pollution. “There is no pollution monitoring station in industrial sectors. There is no data on pollution. Units use diesel generators everyday. Most industries have changed their products to those of polluting characters,” the report says.
Chandra, however, differs, “There is no industrial pollution. Even a few industries which were set up during the initial development of the city have also set up effluent treatment plants (ETPs).” “Now we are giving permission only for small-scale industries such as ready-made garments, IT, ITES, corrugated boxes, engineering job works, book binding, steel and wooden furniture,” he said.
“Heavy industries are not permitted in Noida. These are allowed in Greater Noida. These big companies have ETPs and other pollution control measures put in place,” he said. Industrial associations claimed construction activities being carried out real estate firms and vehicles were contributing to over 80 % of the pollution of the city.
"Taking into consideration the grave nature of allegations and lackadaisical attitude”, the tribunal has summoned officials of the central pollution control board and the Noida authority on May 8. The tribunal also directed the (UPPCB to conduct spot inspections, collect effluent from polluting units, analyse the same and submit a report.