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70 Punjab industries threaten aquatic biodiversity of three rivers

PATIALA: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) document has found that 70 heavy industries in Punjab are threatening the aquatic biodiversity of Satluj, Beas and Ghaggar rivers.

The document, which has been put up prior to the National Green Tribunal, states that there are 1,735 commercial units in Punjab which require effluent treatment vegetation (ETPs). Out of these, 1,665 commercial vegetation have some more or less treatment plant. As in line with data, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) had ordered the closure of 40 industries found freeing effluents in the river programs, while 10 industries were served with showcause notices and action is but to be taken against 20 units.

Even from a number of the 1,665 units with ETPs, simplest 1579 units agree to effluent requirements, while 86 vegetation were found to be missing, suggesting that effluents from those had been additionally draining into the river programs. Of those 86 units, 4 were asked to shut down, while courtroom instances were filed against 5 units. The PPCB has served notices on 49, while the remainder proceed to operate, showing no worry for the state’s rivers.

According to legit data, Punjab has simplest 4 common effluent treatment vegetation (CETPs) and of these simplest 3 are practical while the fourth, in a legal wrangle, cannot be run. The CPCB has additionally found the state to be missing while treating the sewerage waste being generated in the city and suburban spaces. The document found that of the 641 sewage treatment vegetation (STPs) in the state, simplest 570 meet the standards. Seventy-one STPs are non-complying and show-cause realize has been served against 17. In a good construction, 120 additional STPs shall be operational in the state via March 2020 and four under-construction CETPs would be operating subsequent month.

After the NGT took up the matter on August 3, 2018, it had ordered steady monitoring of effluents being flushed into rivers and asked the CPCB to arrange an action plan after taking a look into the standing of CETPs/ETPs/ STPs and evolve a mechanism to ensure compliance requirements.

It had additionally ordered that a representative of the Union ministry of setting, woodland and climate alternate must be related to the monitoring committee and directed the CPCB to carry per thirty days assessment meetings. It had asked the CPCB to take penal action against those in control of putting in and maintaining STPs, CETPs and ETPs and to get better reimbursement for harm to the environment and furnish a compliance document prior to the NGT each and every 4 months.

While, the monitoring committee has held its 6th meeting and lately filed a compliance document with the NGT, it is but to decide on assessing penalty and environmental reimbursement and action plan to utilize the fund.

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