Maharashtra Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Tuesday called for a stricter environmental law and a stern monitoring system to control pollution resulting from wastes dumped by sugar industries and distilleries into the waters.
Inaugurating a seminar on environmental pollution caused by sugar factories and distilleries, he said it was imperative for both the sugar industry and the distilleries to display a concern for the environment and to ensure that waste emanating from the factories did not pollute the surroundings.
Despite the fact that the sugar industry was going through a difficult phase it was necessary to invest in Environment Treatment plants and ensure their installation at every factory, he said, and stressed upon the need for a more stringent law to book all those who flouted environmental rules and regulations.
The chief minister warned that neglecting environmental issues would not only prove hazardous to society but even to owners of such industries and their employees.
NCP president Sharad Pawar, BJP vice president Gopinath Munde and Industries Minister Patangrao Kadam also attended the conference.