The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has told its state arm to issue closure notices to 72 industrial units in the Pune region for not installing online continuous monitoring systems (CMS).
The violating industries include sugar, distillery, pharmaceutical, dye and iron & steel units.
The CPCB had issued orders in February 2014 and March 2015 to all units under category 17 of highly polluting industries to install CMS to facilitate real-time and remote monitoring of effluents released by them. However, as many as 295 such industries in the state and 72 in Pune region were found to have not complied with the order. The Pune region comprises Pune, Satara and Solapur.
“Despite the all-India order, many industrial units chose not to act. Hence, the CPCB slapped closure notices on them,“ said Suryakant Doke, regional officer of MPCB for Pune region.
The CPCB diktat seems to be working. “Many industrial units in the Pune region have woken up to the call. While some have written to the CPCB and MPCB stating they have installed the online monitoring systems, some claim that the systems had already been installed but not been connected to the CPCB and MPCB servers yet,“ Doke added.
“A majority of these are sugar industries. They cite various excuses for not having complied, including low yield, high cost of manufacturing, among others. However, the fact remains that they are not letting us monitor the effluents,“ the officer said.
Of the 295 industrial units that had been issued such notices across the state, notices to 24 have been withdrawn so far by the CPCB due to compliance with its orders, as mentioned in a CPCB circular dated October 13.
Asked about the number of industries that have complied in Pune region, Doke said the data is not available yet. “The data will be compiled this week. Numbers from the regional offices at Pune, Solapur, and Satara are still coming in and should be ready in the coming days,“ he told TOI.
Source : TOI