Going tough against polluting industrial units, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) on Wednesday ordered closure of eight industrial units, six in the district and two in Phagwara, for violation of the Prevention & Control of Pollution Act 1974.
"We had received complaints regarding violation of pollution norms by some industrial units and, accordingly, a team of officials raided the specific units," senior environmental engineer, SP Garg told Hindustan Times. He said eight industrial units were found violating the norms, so closure orders have been issued against them.
"For immediate disconnection of power supply to these units, Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has been asked to take action within 24 hours," he added.
Garg, who was accompanied by chief environmental engineer Krunesh Garg, said while two leather units identified as JD Leather (Plot No. 19) and Sneh Leather, situated in the Sports & Leather Complex area were caught operational in spite of the order of being non-operational on Monday by PPCB as per the rotation policy, others were found not connected to the central effluent treatment plant (CETP), which is mandatory.
The other units against which closure orders have been slapped included Reehal Enterprises & SK Enterprises (both diesel engine manufacturing units), Jai Lakshmi Steel Industry & Crystal Industry of Phagwara and SK Electroplating of Gadaipur in Jalandhar, Garg added.
Garg said about two months ago, on the complaint against an Upkar International of Phagwara, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had ordered PPCB to conduct an extensive survey of industrial units in the radius of 3 kms of Phagwara and submit report by March 6 to the tribunal.
"Almost all senior officials of the department are on their toes to meet the deadline of submitting the report after a survey in Phagwara," Garg said hinting at closure of more industrial units in Phagwara in the days to come.
He said two months ago, closure orders were issued against two leather units Jupitar Leather and Amson Leather, as these were found letting the untreated water flow directly to a drain.
"For all industrial units not complying with pollution norms, it should be an alarming bell", senior environmental engineer said, saying that it is expected that by March-end Jalandhar would be capable of claiming 100% treatment of industrial effluents after installation of another CETP and solid waste management plant.