The Bathinda police have failed to take action against the Bathinda Chemical Limited (BCL) distillery at Mashana village, accused of violating environment norms, as the samples of the effluents dumped by the factory at an open site near Kot Shamir village have failed.
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and the Bathinda police have been taking their own time in initiating action against the distillery.
On April 2, the PPCB filed a complaint at Kotfatta police station against the BCL for allegedly dumping effluents produced in the distillery at an abandoned site near Kot Shamir village, 25 km from the distillery.
However, the police sought legal opinion and stalled further action till the PPCB produced report of the samples.
The PPCB received the report of the samples last week.
PPCB executive engineer Nazar Singh said, "We have received the report and the samples have failed the test. BCL had claimed that it was a treated material. The report suggests that it was not treated. I will submit the report to the head office."
In the meantime, two tankers of BCL carrying effluents, which were handed over to the police by the PPCB, led to problems for the Kotfatta police officials. SI Bhupinder Singh said, "The effluents in the tankers gave out a foul smell. We wrote to the PPCB. They informed us that the effluents created methane gas and this could lead to a blast. So we sent back the tankers to the BCL distillery to dispose of the effluents properly. They have been disposed of."
Sending back of the tankers showed the effluents were untreated, but the police have failed to act against the BCL. The SI said, "We will take action after the PPCB gives us the report on the samples."
The PPCB executive engineer said, "I will write to the head office. They will get back to the police on the sample report."
Meanwhile, Manjit Singh, resident of Mashana village, said, "The PPCB took no time in giving the clean chit to the distillery on March 11. But now they have been taking their own time in initiating action against it. The authorities should take action as soon as possible so that the villagers get relief."