The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association has demanded 100 acres of land from the Punjab State Industrial Export Corporation (PSIEC) at Machiwara for relocating the red-category electroplating industry which is spread in various parts of the city at the moment.
PSIEC is in the process of acquiring 200 acres of land at Machiwara to develop a new focal point,and electroplating units have asked the corporation to allot 100 acres out of that to the electroplating units so that they can shift to one place and hence,the menace of pollution can be solved.
President of the association Joginder Kumar said,Every now and then,the electroplating units are being targeted for creating pollution. Though 800 units have also registered with the common effluent treatment plant (CETP),more than 200 have not yet registered with the CETP and hence,they create pollution by throwing effluents directly into the sewer lines. The Chief Minister also wants to end pollution,so we are requesting the PSIEC to relocate electroplating units to Machiwara so that they can work in the form of a cluster.
The electroplating units had submitted a proposal regarding an electroplating cluster which was approved in 2003. However,the cluster work could not take off as the members were not able to acquire land. Kumar said that when PSIEC was acquiring land,they should give priority to the electroplating units.
Besides,joint secretary Ashok Kumar said that in the forthcoming industrial policy of Punjab,a boost must be given to the agro-based and food processing units and even electroplating cluster should be a part of this project.
The members also asked the CM to lead a delegation of small industries to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh so as to apprise him of the problems being faced by this sector.