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Finally, hazardous-waste disposal site ready for use

THE UTTAR Pradesh Government is finally, ready with at least one notified ?hazardous-waste disposal site? in many years for use by industrial units in the state.

india Updated: Sep 05, 2006 01:37 IST

THE UTTAR Pradesh Government is finally, ready with at least one notified “hazardous-waste disposal site” in many years for use by industrial units in the state.

The hazardous waste disposal site developed on 40 acres of land in Kumdi region of Kanpur would soon open for use by the industrial units for disposing of hazardous waste in a scientifically-constructed landfill site in the State.

The site had been developed at Kumdi under close supervision of the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPCB). A similar site at Bulandshahr covering an area of 100 acres is awaiting development in the state.

“The hazardous waste disposal sites would have sufficient capacity in the landfills to receive waste from industrial units with each of the landfills having a life span of 20 to 22 years”, C S Bhatt, Member Secretary, Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) told HT.

“The UPPCB closely monitored the work of the development of hazardous waste disposal site at Kanpur and the progress of work at the site was found to be satisfactory,” he said. The work at the hazardous waste disposal site at Bulandshahar would, also be monitored closely by UPPCB as soon as work starts at the site,” he said.

Uttar Pradesh has 2,500 industrial units registered in the hazardous category which had been demanding a proper hazardous waste disposal sites for the past several decades.

Early last year, the State Government had also announced its intention of getting a satellite imagery done to identify the most polluting industrial zones in the state. However, no announcement was made thereafter regarding identification of such highly polluting industrial zones in the state.

The waste disposal sites in the state were also being developed keeping in mind the extent of pollution generated by a large number of industrial units along state’s major rivers which were becoming dumping sites for solid waste and effluents.

There were also complaints from villagers regarding industrial solid waste being dumped along state’s highways by polluting industrial units which prompted a move by the State Government for developing “officially recognized” hazardous waste disposal sites in the state, official sources here said.