NGT orders trimonthly survey of textile industry in Balotra and nearby areas
The tribunal has also ordered the Balotra Water Pollution Control and Research Foundation Trust to deposit Rs 1 crore and Jasol treatment plant to deposit Rs50 lakh with the Rajasthan Pollution Control Board.jaipur Updated: Oct 25, 2017 20:37 IST
In order to control pollution, the principal bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the central and Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board to undertake a joint survey every three months in Balotra and adjoining textile industrial area.
The tribunal has also ordered the Balotra Water Pollution Control and Research Foundation Trust to deposit Rs 1 crore and Jasol treatment plant to deposit Rs50 lakh with the Rajasthan Pollution Control Board.
The division bench of judicial member Jawad Rahim and expert member Ranjan Chatterjee gave the order on a plea by petitioner Digvijay Singh. Due to the textile industry in Barmer’s Balotra town, the surrounding environment, including Luni river, is getting polluted.
Singh had filed a petition and the NGT had banned the industries from releasing polluted and treated water from the common effluent treatment plants (CEPT) into Luni river.
The textile units release polluted water, which is meant to be treated at the CEPT. Polluted water is sent to a reverse osmosis (RO) plant after treatment and the treated water is then reused by the units. The residue sludge is passed through a high rate transpiration system (HRTS) site.
Singh said that on October 3 a wall of HRTS site had collapsed and polluted water was released into Luni, which destroyed standing crops.
During the hearing, counsel for trust Pinaki Mishra submitted that the trust has taken action on learning about the incident and they have identified the affected farmers. They have started the process giving compensation and two farmers have been given ₹1 Lakh for crop loss.
“For the purpose of ensuring that there is no frequent instance of breach in the HRTS facilities or flow of treated or untreated effluent into the river and to ensure that RO discharge is properly transferred from the CETP to HRTS facility, CPCB and RSPCB shall conduct joint inspection periodically once in three months. If they find a breach of any of the conditions issued they may file report in the tribunal,” the bench said.
“The Balotra and Jasol Water Pollution and Research Foundation shall file an undertaking that they shall compensate the victims of the breach that has occasioned recently and for the instances in the past breach that has occurred, we feel they should be directed to deposit ₹1 crore in the case of Balotra and Rs 50 lack in the case of Jasol,” the NGT said, adding the amount shall be deposited with RSPCB, which will conduct an immediate survey of the area where the breach had taken place on October 3 and identify the victims and submit a report to the tribunal.
The next hearing has been scheduled for October 31.