The dyeing industry in Ludhaina will still have to wait for the commencement of work at the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), being set up here.
The delay is costing the industry Rs 20 lakh loss every month for paying lease amount of land allotted to them.
While interacting with the industrialists on Thursday, industry minister Anil Joshi said, "Our officials have met the people concerned at the Centre and they still have some doubts. But we are committed to help the industry and we will again try to persuade them."
General secretary Punjab Dyers' Association Bobby Jindal said, "Our CETP has a huge capacity of 117MLD. There is no such CETP installed elsewhere in India so to move ahead with such a huge project, which is the need of the hour, we need to work in full coordination with the state government."
Expressing disappointment he said, "We are disappointed with the pace of work as for the past six months, we were unable to meet the chief minister owing to his busy schedule and hence could not discuss the issue. Earlier we used to have monthly meetings with him and other state officials."
"The total project costs around Rs 400 crore, of which the Centre will pay 50% and the other 50% will be paid by the state government and the industry equally. Since the state government is running short of funds it has failed to pay its share and the whole project has thus been stalled," Jindal said.
"The dyeing industry has been paying the lease amount of the land allotted for the plant for one year now, which is around Rs 20 lakh per month. The Centre has allocated a maximum amount of Rs 60 crore as their share because so far CETP project is the largest in India. But we need to follow the progress of the project," he said.
The dyeing Industry of Ludhiana, which has always been the target of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) for not obeying pollution norms had come up with a proposal, where the state government could impose a CETP tax of 5% like the entry tax on chemicals used by the industry, so that the government could generate revenue to pay for it's share for the project, he added.
He said a detailed project report was prepared for the project after spending Rs 2 crore.