The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to take stern action against the industrial units responsible for polluting the Kala Sanghia drain.
During surprise checking here on Friday in the Leather Complex area, some hidden pipes throwing industrial effluents directly into the Kala Sanghia drain were noticed and accordingly plugged, superintendent engineer of PPCB, SP Garg told Hindustan Times.
"Although the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) with the capacity of 5 MLD of Rs 18 crore was set up at the Leather Complex area and is being run by the Punjab Effluent Treatment Society, but pollution in the Kala Sanghia drain is still growing", he added.
"PPCB has called an emergency meeting on May 6 to discuss the issue of growing pollution in the Kala Sanghia drain and stringent action against the erring industrial units is imminent", Garg said.
Asked about the permanent solution of the growing water pollution, Garg said that a new Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) with the capacity of 50 MLD is being installed in Basti Peerdad area and expected to be operational by the year-end for the treatment of entire effluent of the leader industry.
Regarding the industrial pollution from the Focal Point area, Garg said that in 2011 an extensive campaign against the faulty industrial units was launched and even power disconnection of several such units was recommended, as later on the industrialists' association promised to take steps to curb the menace by dispatching the industrial effluent for its treatment to Ludhiana's Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), the campaign was postponed.
"Sending industrial effluent to Ludhiana was merely a temporary arrangement as the industry promised to set up its own CETP. Since now the association has agreed to give land for the CETP and even constituted a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to install the same, situation will definitely improve in the months to come", Garg said adding that meanwhile 12.50 lakh liters of effluent is being sent in a month to Ludhiana through tankers, which was verified by the PPCB time to time.
It is pertinent to mention here that recently renowned environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, who himself is also one of the member of PPCB, raised the issue of growing pollution in Kala Sanghia drain, which ultimately polluted the holy Kali Bein in Sultapur Lodhi, due to which hundreds of fishes died.
Now, on the appeal of Seechewal, Divisional Commissioner SR Ladhar has called an emergency meeting of all the stakeholders including Chairman of PPCB, Deputy Commissioners of Jalandhar & Kapurthala apart from President of Punjab leather Federation Lt Col (retd.) J S Paul on May 9 on the issue of growing pollution of Kali Bein.
"Stern warning was issued to the polluting industry in 2011 and industrialists assured self-regulation but the situation could not be improved up to the mark so far", Ladhar told HT adding that in the proposed meeting on current situation of the pollution would be discussed before adopting the remedial measures to check the menace in the meeting.