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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:14 AM (IST)

PCB: Primary treatment of industrial waste a must

Ambika Sharma

Tribune News Service

Solan, June 13

Member Secretary, State Pollution Control Board, RK Pruthi on Wednesday said all industrial units would have to undertake primary treatment of waste before sending it to the common effluent treatment plant (CETP).

He said the three-member team that visited the CETP at Kenduwala village in Baddi on Tuesday had given its fact-finding report pertaining to the foul smell emanating from the site. He said to ensure optimum compliance of all norms, the units would have to undertake the preliminary treatment of waste. Since this has been made mandatory by the apex court, the board will have to ensure that the environmental norms are complied with.

The action follows a call given by locals to seek euthanasia as the board officials had failed to undertake any measure to check various problems pointed out by them in the past one year.

The issue had figured significantly during the team’s visit where the affected villagers had pointed out that the CETP had failed to comply with the laid-down norms. Pruthi said to see if the CETP ensured optimum treatment of water, a fish pond would be set up.

He said the civic body had been issued a notice for improper disposal of the municipal solid waste where even dead animals were being dumped and there was neither any segregation nor any treatment. He said the civic body had been directed not to set the waste on fire and undertake bio-culture.

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