PPCB to continue raids on dyeing units polluting Buddha Nullah
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) is likely to take action against 26 dyeing units in Ludhiana for polluting Buddha Nullah stream with pollutants. The effluent treatment plants at these units were found shut during a visit by the board recently against which the industry had protested.punjab Updated: Jan 19, 2014 19:34 IST
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) is likely to take action against 26 dyeing units in Ludhiana for polluting Buddha Nullah stream with pollutants.
The effluent treatment plants at these units were found shut during a visit by the board recently against which the industry had protested.
Even as the dyeing industry showed its anger over the inspection of their units by PPCB recently, the board would not relent and inspections would continue. The industry had also sought political intervention to stop the inspections at the units.
Gulshan Rai, chief environmental engineer, PPCB, Ludhiana, said that the inspection was being done so that noose could be tightened around such dyeing units that were discharging their effluents directly into the Buddha Nullah.
Inspections by PPCB at the dyeing units started on January 14 and higher officials were involved in the process.
Ravinder Singh, who is the chairman of PPCB based in Patiala, had earlier told that protests and warnings of shutting down were pressure tactics applied by the dyeing industry owners.
There were specific inputs with the PPCB that dyeing industry was discharging pollutants in the Buddha Nullah that enters river Satluj. The water of the river is collected in Harike Lake and this water is used for irrigation and water supply purposes in the southern part of Punjab and neighboring state of Rajasthan.
The State of Rajasthan has complained regarding the deteriorating quality of the water being received from Harike Lake.
"During the inspection we collected samples from many units and the results were awaited. Action ranging from fine to sealing of the units will be the option with the board. In case a unit is discharging pollutants at a large extent, it is liable for sealing," said Rai.
Board had also conducted surprise raids at electroplating units and initiated action for sealing and disconnection of 51 major violators, which were discharging untreated effluents into sewer.
"Subsequently, the respective associations and Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society approached PPCB and requested not to single out the electroplating industries alone as dyeing units are discharging effluents daily into sewer, which leads to Budha Nallah," said Gulshan Rai.
Interestingly, the board is also extending guidance to the industries from time to time for operating their treatment plants efficiently and also for waste water minimisation in their industries to reduce the pollution level in the water bodies.
Ludhiana City has been declared as a critically polluted area by the ministry of environment of forests, government of India. The ministry has already restricted the establishment of new projects and expansion of existing industries covered under the ambit of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notification dated September, 14, 2006, requiring environment clearance.
Ludhiana has about 750 electroplating, phosphate and galvanising industries have Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the CETP focal point, Ludhiana, for lifting and treatment of their effluents, besides 330 pickling (metal surface treatment) industries of Ludhiana have made MoU with M/s JBR Technologies Pvt Ltd, Moti Nagar, Ludhiana for reprocessing of the effluent from pickling industries.