Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) would soon initiate action against the 70 industrial units that were found flouting environmental norms during raids on their premises on Wednesday. The board would start action from next week that could include snapping electricity connections and fine.
Teams of PPCB on orders of chairman Ravinder Singh had raided several premises of electroplating and dyeing units in different areas of the city. The raids were held in the evening time to the surprise of industry owners.
A team of PPCB that went to the Focal point area found a tanker full of effluents at Vishivkarma Bikes owned by Charanjit Singh Vishivkarma, the president of United Cycle and Parts Manufacturer’s Association (UCPMA) and secretary of Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETS) that manages Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP). The tanker apparently was to be disposed of somewhere in the open or Buddha Nullah during the night. Industrialists deplored the recovery especially because it was found on the premises of an office-bearer of LETS that manages an effluent plant of industries.
The PPCB could tighten the noose around owners of 70 units that were found violating the norms.
Gulshan Rai chief environmental engineer, PPCB, told Hindustan Times that action against the erring units could be taken next week. “Action could range from disconnection of electricity to fine as per the violation,” said Rai.
He said that chairman of PPCB Ravinder Singh has been told telephonically regarding the violators and a file would be sent to Patiala where Singh is based, next week.
Sources said that state government was serious in checking release of pollutants in Buddha Nullah, a stream that meets the Sutlej river. Rajasthan has complained to the state government regarding deteriorating quality of water in the Harike lake. The lake water is used for irrigation in the region of south Punjab and Rajasthan.
Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal has also asked the board that measures should be taken to check pollution in Buddha Nullah. It is suspected that many electroplating, dyeing and other units directly throw their effluents into the nullah.