225 textile units shut as CETP stops accepting effluents in Pali
The directions were issued, following RSPCB chairperson Aparna Arora and member secretary K C A Arun Prasad’s visit to the treatment plants.jaipur Updated: Jul 26, 2018 22:32 IST
The operations at 225 textile units in Pali district of Rajasthan have come to a halt after a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) stopped accepting their effluents following a directive from the Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board (RSPCB).
The board’s direction came on July 24 after it was found that facilities at the CETP-4, one of the six such plants along Bandi river, were inadequate to handle the sludge from the units in the Punayata Industrial Area connected to it. With this, one plant is now shut, another is not operational and one is under construction. Only CETPs-2, 3 and 6 are operational now, officials said.
Earlier, RSPCB chairperson Aparna Arora and member secretary KCA Arun Prasad ‘s inspected the treatment plants, industrial areas and the stretch of the Bandi river in the district on July 23. Noting various deficiencies and non-compliance of norms, the board, in its July 24 report directed the water pollution control treatment and research foundation — a body run by industrial units to manage and monitor treatment of effluents — to transfer existing effluents at CETP-4 to CETP-6 and stop accepting fresh effluents from industrial units connected to it.
Issuing the directions under Section 33A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, the board warned that failure to ensure compliance is a criminal offence punishable under section 41(2) of the Water Act with imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than 18 months but which may extend to six years and with fine.
The board, in its report, mentioned that sludge was found stored in a haphazard manner at CETP-4 and large quantities of it was lying in the open. The boundary wall near the sludge yard, along the river bank, was also found to be damaged. No pucca road has been provided for movement of vehicles that carry sludge at CETP-4 and flow of coloured effluent with a pungent smell was noticed at river stretches, the report said.
The report also said nearly 6,000 tonnes of sluge at CETP-3 is out in the open.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT), while hearing a petition on the pollution in the Bandi river on June 18, had asked the Jodhpur divisional commissioner to submit a report on whether the deficiencies pointed out by the committee it had formed were rectified or not.
The petition was filed by Mahaveer Singh Sukarlai of the Kisan Paryavaran Sangarsh Samiti. The next hearing is scheduled on Friday (July 27).
First Published: Jul 26, 2018 22:32 IST