December 9, 2011 3:46:46 am
The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to take legal action against two municipal committees (MCs) for allegedly failing to prevent sewage water from flowing into rivers and has directed two other civic bodies to stop all other work and focus on building sewage treatment plants immediately. The pollution body had set November 30th as the deadline for municipal committees to take effective measures and prevent dirty water from flowing into the states rivers.
The board has decided to initiate legal action against the Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi municipal committees,with in this month,for failing to contain pollution despite possessing sewage treatment plants. Civic body officials of both cities are reportedly not operating the sewage treatment plants,which were built at a cost of several crore rupees,owing to heavy electricity consumption that was resulting in huge power bills.
The state pollution board,quoting Supreme Court directions that municipal committees should first build sewage treatment plants,also directed the civic bodies of Barnala and Malerkotla to first build their waste processing plants, leaving all other projects aside.
The decisions were taken in the 154th meeting of the Board held on December 5. Board sources said that in the meeting the issue of Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhis sewarage plants was taken very seriously as the municipal bodies failed to prevent untreated sewer water from flowing into the Kali Bein,a rivulet of Beas river,which further flows into Sutlej river.
Chairman of the board,K S Pannu took the matter seriously and said that the Sutlej water is used for drinking purpose in Malwa region and such civic bodies cannot be allowed to put untreated water in the rivers like this, board sources said.
The muncipal committees of Barnala and Malerkotla were also taken to task as sewer water from these cities too flows into various nullas and local rivulets which further pollute the Sutlej,sources added. PPCB member secretary Babu Ram confirmed the boards decision for legal action against Kapurthala and Sultanpur Lodhi MCs.
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