Indore News – Industrial units violating pollution norms will be shut down: IMC

IMC commissioner Manish Singh asks industries to stop discharging waste to nullah and transport the same to sewage treatment plant in tankers

Indore : Taking tough stand against industrial units releasing solid industrial waste, sewage and sludge in Sanwer Road and Pologround industrials areas, Indore Municipal Corporation has warned of closing down such units.

IMC commissioner Manish Singh said if any unit is found polluting the environment by the Pollution Control Board, such units will not be allowed to operate.

After city securing first position in cleanliness in the country, the IMC is now trying to tackle the problem of discharge of industrial wastes, which also damage the quality of ground water in the area.

Following a visit to Affluent Water Treatment Plant (ATP) at Kabitkhedi along with a delegation of industrialists and officer of the Pollution Control Board, Manish Singh held a meeting with industrialists at the office of Association of Industries of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday.

Singh informed about the project for treating sewage water and sought cooperation from the industrialists. He said that a STP is set up at Kabitkhedi, where sewage and sludge from the city is being treated. But so far there is no project to treat affluent water discharge by industrial units. At present, it is directly discharged to nullah, which is clearly violation of norms set by National Green Tribunal (NGT) and also Pollution Control Board (PCB), he said.

In short future a 22-km long pipeline network would be laid in Sanwer Road and Pologround industrial areas with an estimated cost of Rs 22 crore under the AMRIT scheme.  But this would take at least one year or more. Till that time, the units will have to transport their industrial waste to the STP, he said.

The transportation of the waste will be done through tankers and the units will have to bear the cost of transportation, Manish Singh said. He also gave example of Delhi, where charge is borne by the units.

The meeting was attended by president of AIMP OP Dhoot, secretary Yogesh Mehta, industrialist Pramod Dafaria, Mohan Singh Raghuvanshi, regional manger of PCB RK Gupta, scientist Sunil Vyas and city planner PC Jain.

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