Pantnagar industries not releasing effluents to treatment plant face closure
About 25 industrial units at Pantnagar in Uttarakhand will be closed down if they fail to release their effluents or polluted water to the central effluent treatment plant , officials said.dehradun Updated: Feb 17, 2018 21:48 IST
About 25 industrial units at Pantnagar in Uttarakhand will be closed down if they fail to release their effluents or polluted water to the central effluent treatment plant (CETP), officials said.
These industries continue to release toxic effluents into Kalyani river or drains, instead of to CETP, which causes water pollution and affects flora and fauna. Taking note of this practice, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) ordered the industries on January 30 to take CETP connection or face shutdown.
“After the NGT order, we have issued notices to such industries. More than two dozen industries have not taken (CETP) connection despite our reminders. If their management failed to do so by March-end, the industries will be closed as per the NGT order,” said Kamal Kafaltiya, regional manager, State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited (SIDCUL).
As many as 520 industries operate in the Pantnagar integrated industrial estate developed by SIDCUL in 2005. The industries used to release toxic effluents into the river and drains in the area due to lack of an effluent treatment plant in the estate.
CETP has been in operation for the last two years and an underground sewer line has been laid to connect industries, so that they can release their effluents into the treatment plant, set up by Ranky group. CETP detoxifies effluents and treats polluted water before releasing it into Kalyani river.
More than two dozen industries have failed to take connection of the sewer line; they release effluents directly into the river. “At present 232 industries have connection of the plant’s sewer line. In some areas, sewer line has to be laid; we have started the process,” said Kafaltiya.
A team of NGT visited the industrial estate two months ago, and issued an order to the state pollution control board and SIDCUL to get all industries connected to the treatment plant’s sewer line by March-end.
“If any industry is not connected within that period to the CETP, the industry shall be shut down and they would not be permitted to operate without specific order of the tribunal,” the NGT order said.
“If this exercise is not undertaken, that would apparently mean that untreated pollutants are being sent directly into river or water bodies or the drains ultimately leading to the river Ganga.”
Naveen Singh, a farmer of nearby Fulsunga village, said, “Effluents containing toxic chemical are affecting not only agriculture but also flora and fauna of the area. A stern action is needed against such industries, which are involved in such foul practices and causing pollution.”
First Published: Feb 17, 2018 21:48 IST