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Dera Bassi factory caught polluting Ghaggar river

A team of officers of Punjab Pollution Control Board conducted night surveillance at the premises of Vishal Paper Tech Ltd at about 1.30 am today,and found that the factory was discharging its industrial effluents into Ghaggar river through a pipeline.

A team of officers of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) conducted night surveillance at the premises of Vishal Paper Tech Ltd at about 1.30 am today,and found that the factory was discharging its industrial effluents into Ghaggar river through a pipeline.

According to a statement issued by the Board here,samples of the effluent were collected and have been sent to laboratory for analysis. The Board said that the industry is engaged in the manufacturing of duplex paper and has been granted consent to operate under the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act,1974 for discharging its treated effluent onto land for plantation. However,the industry has been found violating the provisions of the Act,said the PPCB statement.

The surveillance was conducted by Environmental Engineer Joginder Singh. He was accompanied by Gursharn Dass Garg.

Another factory,namely Punjab Chemical and Crop Protection Ltd,in Bhankharpur village was also checked.

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It was found emitting black smoke through its chimney. Heaps of boiler ash were found dumped in the open,which is a cause of nuisance in the area when the weather is windy.

PPCB Chairman Kahan Singh Pannu said the Board has initiated strict action has been against these factories under the provisions of Water Act,1974 and Air Act,1981,which may even include closure of these units.