With the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) not initiating action against 70 industrial units that were found flouting environmental norms, president of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturer’s Association (UCPMA) Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma has come down heavily on the board claiming that it was taking political revenge.
The unit Vishivkarma Bikes owned by the UCPMA chief was also one of those raided by the PPCB officials last week. The board officials had claimed that a truck filled with effluents was found on the premises of the factory after which the police impounded it.
However, Vishivkarma on Thursday claimed that the tanker that was seized by the PPCB officials did not contain effluent but sewage that had come from the construction of a bathroom at the factory.
“The tanker did not contain any effluent. It was sewage that was present in my factory as renovation of a bathroom was going on,” said Vishivkarma.
He said the sewage was put in the tanker with the help of a suction machine. “To take revenge for political defeat in Lok Sabha elections in Ludhiana, the PPCB has been conducting raids on different industrial units in the city. I had been on their target since long,” he claimed.
The PPCB had conducted raids on different industries last week but had not taken any action against those found violating the norms.
Vishivkarma is also the secretary of Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETS) that manages the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) which treats effluent generated by different units. The PPCB had claimed that Vishivkarma would have disposed the effluents either in open or at Buddha Nullah.
“Why would I dispose of the effluents in the open or in Buddha Nullah? If I had intended to do so I could have easily done it in my own factory that has enough open space,” claimed Vishivkarma.
Commenting on status of action against the erring units, PPCB chief environmental engineer Gulshan Rai said out of 70, 48 were major violators. “Notices have been issued to the violators and action will be taken against them. I will take the decision of disconnection of electricity in case of small-scale industries.”