The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has served closure notices on 12 industrial units in Haryana — eight in Panipat and four in Ganaur (Sonepat) — for violating emission norms.
It has also directed the Managing Director (MD), Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam, to disconnect the power connections of the 12 units.
The CPCB teams, constituted on the direction of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), had inspected industrial units in Panipat, Ganaur and Kundli in March and April. On their radar were textile and dyeing units. The teams collected samples and tested them to assess the adequacy of pollution control measures under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.
The units in Panipat that have been served notices are Raj Overseas, Pan Foods (a division of Kayem Food India Private Limited), Aggarwal Processor Private limited (formerly known as Aggarwal Loomtex), Shiva Furnishing and Textile World and collected samples from these industrial units. Shree Balaji Woolen Mills and Great Eastern Processors, both in Panipat, were found non-operational during inspection.
The teams found out the units did not have permission from the Central Ground Water Board (CGWA) to extract groundwater nor did they maintain any record of extraction of groundwater.
In Sonepat district, the CPCB has served notices on Sidhi Vinayak Apparels, BCL Fabrics, Colour Zone and GEE AAR Thread. Samples collected from the four units failed to meet the prescribed limits as laid down under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act.
Textile most polluting industry: CPCB
The Central Pollution Control Board has said the textile industry is the most polluting one. “Textile industries are identified as one of the grossly polluting industries which have been discharging effluents directly or indirectly into land or water, having potential threat to cause adverse effect on land and the ambient water quality,” it has said in its order.