SAMBA, Sept 24: Chairman J&K State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), B Siddhartha took a stock of the overall assessment of the pollution in and around the Samba Industrial area.
Besides Industrialists, Member Secretary SPCB, B M Sharma, Regional Director Shally Ranjan, Environment Engineer JN Sharma and District Office Samba Angrez Singh were also present in the review meeting.
The chairman addressed the representatives of the Samba Industrial unit holders and other stakeholders. He reviewed various aspect of the pollution and the issue concerning the non – installation of Common Effluent Treatment Plant. Centralized treatment of effluents generated from the unit as well as common treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF) for hazardous waste by SIDCO also came up during discussion. Chairman gave on spot instruction to the representative Estate Officer of SIDCO Ajit Singh to take up these two matters urgently to have better and effective mechanism of treatment of pollution from the industries. Chairman also directed the Estate Manger to make proper drainage in the industrial area for the flow of treated water.
Chairman also issued direction to all the industries to go for massive plantation in and around the industrial area to have conducive surrounding environment in the area. On this Industrial Association assured to plant minimum one lakh trees towards river Basantar side along its bank and other areas in the Industrial Area immediately.
Chairman J&K SPCB also planted few trees in the Industrial Area in the premises of M/s Ind Swift Laboratories Limited.
Member Secretary also apprised the Unit holder about the direction of CPCB on the hazardous wastes management by SIDCO authorities
Chairman also briefed that there are standing orders from NGT (National Green Tribunal) regarding the operation of ETP/STP by Individual industries. He issued on the spot instructions to the representative of various unit holders to follow the norms of pollution as per Environmental Protection Act, Water and Air Act as per the consent orders issued to them and ensure that antipollution control devices are in operational condition and be adequate to treat the effluents and emission arises from the Industry.