The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has issued closure notices to nine major textile units located in the citys Narol area for drawing excess groundwater and discharging an estimated 90 million litres per day (MLD) of waste water into the Mega Pipeline,causing an overflow of effluents into the Kharicut canal and farms downstream.
Top GPCB officials said the board cracked down on the units because they withdrew and discharged an estimated 90 MLD industrial waste into the pipeline,thrice the 30 MLD discharge allowed for the areas industries.
This may have been possible,they said,because the Narol-based industries are located on private land and their water supply is not regulated by the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation.
The Mega Pipeline is a common facility for the factories in areas such as Naroda,Odhav and Narol and has a capacity of 120-140 MLD,according to a top Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) official. Sources said the pipelines capacity may also have reduced due to siltation over the last 24 years since it was built.
The excess hydraulic load released into the pipeline meant the discharge from other industries could not be accommodated,and most of the waste overflowed into the Kharicut canal,which empties into farmlands downstream.
The closure notices were served to Vishal Fabrics (Chiripal Group),Vinnie Overseas,Mukesh Fabrics,VR Polyfab,Anjani Synthetics,Shyam Textile Mills,Omkar Textile Mills (Gopi group),Mahalakshmi Fabrics and Kumar Cotton Mills.