The washing of fabrics has landed the citys knitwear units in trouble. The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has sent notices to about 40 such units operating in congested areas and has directed them to install treatment plants before pumping water into the sewers.
The state pollution body has stated that the chemical washing of a large number of clothes by these units for commercial purposes is causing problems to residents in the vicinity and choking sewer lines. The biological oxygen demand (BOD) of many units is 200/ litre against the norms of 30/ litre. So we need to take note of it. The units have been told to treat water before pumping it into sewer lines, Karunesh Garg,superintending engineer,PPCB,said.
The units which have been issued the notices are mainly from Sunder Nagar,Bajwa Nagar and a few other areas.
The industrialists,on the other hand,have sent a memorandum to the PPCB chairman,under the banner of the Knitwear Club,seeking relief in the installation of treatment plants. Darshan Dawar,president of the Knitwear Club,said: Clothes are washed like they are done in houses and we only use detergents. So,there is no violation of pollution norms.
Garg,however,said: In houses,limited washing is done for 4-6 persons but in industrial units more than 200 pieces are being washed on a daily basis and we are getting loads of complaints from residents. Moreover they are also some chemicals as well so as to give a cleaner look to the fabric. The BOD levels are a proof of violation of norms.