BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh pollution control board (MPPCB) has ordered closure of 75 industries — including seven major industries operating in Mandideep industrial area for flouting pollution norms. These companies failed to act despite repeated warnings. Big companies affected by the order include Godrej Herse Food and Beverages, Bhaskar Industries (spinning and weaving unit), SMV Beverage Plant, C J Gelatine, HEG graphite, insulators and electrical company and HEG Ltd thermal power plant.

Action was taken in compliance to National Green Tribunal's (NGT) recommendation for closure of 104 industries in the area, besides disconnection of electricity and water connection of these industries. These units were running without proper approval from MPPCB. An order recommending closure of such industries was issued by NGTs bench comprising Justice Dalip Singh and expert member PS Rao recently.

Subsequently, MPPCB inspected all 104 companies and asked them to treat effluents before discharging. While some companies set up effluent treatment plants (ETPs) others failed to act on the notices and remainders, said sources. Of the 75 industries served with closure notices, 21 are large and medium industries while 58 are small scale units. While 33 small companies were found operating without MPPCB's consent, four were discharging untreated water.

MPPCB submitted a compliance report before NGT on Wednesday. MP Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (AKVN), Bhopal also submitted a report before the bench accepting that small scale industries were directly discharging their effluents into the River Betwa through Kaliasot River. Pollution board informed that 25 large scale units were carrying on operations without valid consent and 8 of them were found to be defaulting for non-compliance of the Water Act and 7 for non-compliance of the Air Act.


Source: Times of India (Dated 22 May 2014)