A fornight after thousands of fish were found dead in the polluted Panchganga river, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) to seal the industrial units which launch untreated waste in the river. The CM additionally directed the Kolhapur district collectorate to submit a report on submitting of an FIR towards activists protesting towards river air pollution final month.
The instructions got here throughout a gathering held by the chief minister with officers of the Kolhapur district collectorate, MIDC, MPCB and other people’s representatives.
“The chief minister has directed that industrial units which are found discharging untreated waste should be sealed. He said these units should be allowed to open only after they have taken necessary corrective action,” Kolhpur District Collector Daulat Desai instructed The Indian Express on Wednesday.
On December 24, The Indian Express had reported that hundreds of fish had been discovered useless in Panchganga river close to Terwad village in Kolhapur district. Angry villagers had tied up a senior official of the MPCB, claiming nothing had been carried out in the matter regardless of repeated complaints by them. The official was launched solely after the MPCB promised motion towards officers of the Ichalkaranji civic physique.
Desai mentioned there have been practically 68 processing vegetation and 400 family textile units of dyeing and sizing in Ichalkaranji city, which had been a significant explanation for concern.
“When the common effluent treatment plant in Ichalkaranji malfunctions, untreated waste makes its way to the river. The CETP is run by the local industrial association… The processing plants and household units in Ichalkaranji have separate CETPs. But the one for household units needs upgradation as it has lesser capacity to treat water,” he mentioned.
The giant industrial units in Kolhapur have their very own effluent remedy plant, mentioned the district collector. “But sometimes these too malfunction, leading to discharge of untreated waste. MIDC and MPCB will take action against such units,” he mentioned.
Desai mentioned there’s a proposal to arrange a zero liquid discharge plant for Ichalkaranji units. “Such ZLDPs are available with units in Kolhapur. There is a proposal to set up such ZLDPs for units in Ichalkaranji. In CEPTs, the treated water is discharged in river but in ZLDPs, the waste water is recycled,” he mentioned.
Meanwhile, the CM has requested the district collector to submit a report concerning the FIR filed towards activists who had tied up the MPCB official whereas protesting in Terwad village. “Since there have been demands to withdraw the FIR, the chief minister has sought a report in this connection. We will soon submit it,” mentioned Desai.