The Punjab Pollution Control Boards (PPCB) recent decision to disconnect power to about 25 electroplating units,in different parts of the city,for violating environmental norms,has raked up a controversy. The Ludhiana Electroplaters Association has accused the PPCB of double standards and has claimed that the 25 units had been sending their effluents for treatment in the common effluent treatment plant (CETP) located in focal point,for which,the body added,they had been paying 72 paise per litre of waste water.
The electroplaters body claims that despite this,the 25 units received notices while units,that are not members of the CETP,have been spared. Joginder Kumar,president of the association,said: The owners of the units who have been sent closure notices are a demoralised lot because they have been regular members of CETP for long and hence are taking care of the pollution hazards. The CETP was also an effort of the association only and today effluents of 650 electroplating units from Ludhiana and 150 units from Jalandhar is being treated here.
The CETP is based on zero liquid discharge technique,which was achieved in March 2010,and GPS systems have been installed on all vehicles transporting effluents,on the directions of PPCB,said Chander Parkash Sabharwal,secretary of the association. Now we are also in the process of installing effluent measuring device(EMD) on all vehicles lifting effluents and thus industrial units will become online with PPCB. At present 56 lakh litres of effluent is being treated. So instead of motivating the unit owners who are members of the CETP,they are being sent closure notices, said Ashok Kumar Gupta,another member.
Karunesh Garg,PPCB superintending engineer(SE),however,said: These units were not members of CETP when we sent them notices and in fact we found many anomalies in them. Their power has been disconnected and even if they have become members of CETP now,we will look into all details as whether the units can be re-opened or not.
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