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Pollution control board closes poultry farm in Ambala

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Panchkula, January 08, 2014
First Published: 11:45 IST(8/1/2014) | Last Updated: 11:49 IST(8/1/2014)

The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) on Tuesday closed down a poultry farm in Pajeto village in Ambala district.

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Amit Poultry Farm in Pajeto village was being constructed at a distance of 50 metres away from road and 30 metres from Aman Dairy. So the poultry farm is being constructed against the norms of 200 metres away from road and 500 meter from the dairy.

The secretary, environment, on Tuesday issued the closure order against the poultry farm. The owners have been asked not to construct the poultry farm.

The environment department, Haryana government, has issued directions under section 5 of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 on May 27, 2013 regarding poultry farms. The directions have been issued in compliance of the orders of the high court in the civil writ petition titled Vijay Bansal vs State of Haryana in 2012.

The HSPCB is inspecting the poultry farms one by one and issuing notices to the non-complying poultry farms.

As per the new directions, poultry farm could not be set up within 500 metres of residential zone, 200 metres from a major watercourse and 1,000 metres from any major drinking water reservoir on catchment side.

The distance between two poultry farms cannot be less than 500 metres. Under the new directions, no open burning or indiscriminate dumping of any dead birds, could be done within or outside the farm premises.

For minimising odour, the poultry farms have to protect manure from unwanted pests and pesticides.

They will have to design and maintain waste storage facilities.

Amit poultry farm is the first such case where closure has been ordered. Before that we have ordered for the temporary closure of 16 poultry farms,” said J P Singh, regional officer, HSPCB.

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