Irked over the checking of electroplating units in the recent past, Ludhiana electroplaters association has demanded transfer of PPCB Chairman Ravinder Singh.
The later had taken the industrial associations on task two days back during his visit to Ludhiana and hence such a reaction from industry was expected.
Around 24 electroplating units which are attached to the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) have been checked in the past 2 days, and reacting to this the association said,”only those units which are attached to CETP are being checked off instead of the ones which are unidentified units and not even attached to the CETP, said Joginder Kumar, President of Ludhiana electroplaters association.
It needs to be mentioned that in January, action was taken against more than 150 industrial units for violating the pollution norms and most of them were electroplating units only. Their power supply was disconnected and was resumed after political intervention.
Chander Parkash Sabharwal, General Secretary of the association said,” the board must identify the units which are still not giving water to CETP. On a daily basis, a big team of PPCB officials is raiding the electroplating units and thus causing harassment to us.”
Another thing to be mentioned that as of now only 1050 electroplating units have been attacked with CETP located in focal point and they are giving the effluent for treatment in this CETP. However still hundreds others operating in houses have not yet registered themselves. Board does not even have the exact data of the total number of electroplating units in Ludhiana till date.
Industry gave a plea of unscheduled power cuts and said,” with power cuts and proposed power tariff hike, how can one expect to run the units under inspector raj (rule) of PPCB officials,” said Kumar.
Kumar was however angry when Chairman came to Ludhiana on Saturday, though he had called few industrial associations for interactions, but he had ignored electroplaters. Joginder Kumar said,” we have contributed the most in controlling the pollution as in 2009- the CETP installed in focal point was the first zero liquid discharge unit. But still we are being harassed.”
Though Ravinder Singh Chairman PPCB was not available for comments, but Harbir Singh, superintending engineer PPCB said,” the recent checking done was a part of our study and we are not harassing anyone. We have to take certain measures to check pollution.”