A team of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) headed by senior environmental engineer Sandeep Bahl and environmental engineer Ashok Garg from regional office and others, inspected the resort on Thursday to surprise check the environmental compliances and found that the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) installed for treatment of effluents generating from Haveli Restaurant, The Haveli Heritage and The Haveli Heritage Empress, was not fully functional.
In a press release, the PPCB said that the plantation area where the treated effluent was supposed to be discharged was lying dry. On seizure of record regarding huge consumption and discharge of water; the team got suspicious regarding some other mode of disposal.
The stretch along the railway line till village Khajurla was scanned by the team. During the inspection, people of nearby Khajurla village complained regarding foul smell due to the discharge of effluents of Haveli into open nallah leading to the village pond.
Further investigations revealed that the Haveli has privately laid underground pipeline passing through the village illegally for the discharge of its untreated sewage water to a sewer line of village leading to the village pond.
A cylindrical underground pit was found, which was full of untreated water and same was being bye-passed. Further, effluent samples from this pit were collected by the team and sent to the laboratories for analysis.
The resort could not show its system or arrangement for disposal of municipal solid waste, which is also being disposed to some undisclosed location.
An action under the provisions of under Section 33-A of the Water Act, 1974 and Environment Protection Act, 1986 is being initiated in this case.