Ganga pollution: Uttar Pradesh issues notices to 956 industries

Green tribunal seeks report on the polluting industries along with photographs by May 21

 
By Soma Basu
Last Updated: Thursday 17 September 2015

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As many as 956 grossly polluting industries (GPIs) in Uttar Pradesh have been issued notices by Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) for releasing their effluents directly into the Ganga river.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on April 22 had ordered UPPCB to issue these notices  after a panel, consisting of members of the board, inspected the sites. The panel was initially asked to undertake site inspection of Simbhaoli Sugar Mills, Simbhaoli Distillery and Gopaljee Ghee. These were the major industries that the petitioner in the case, Krishna Kant Singh, claimed to be causing pollution. However, on reaching the site, the panel found there were several other industries which have not been treating their effluents and discharging them directly into the Ganga.

In an affidavit, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), which was made party in the case, submitted that it had already compiled a list of GPIs and that 764 grossly polluting industries in the four states that the Ganga flows through are discharging waste water into the main stem of the Ganga; 687 of these industries are in Uttar Pradesh.

See updated list of grossly polluting industries (pdf)

These industries include distilleries, dyeing and textile units, fertiliser and pesticides units, pulp and paper industry and tanneries. The tribunal had asked UPPCB to issue notices to these 687 industries under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Rules, 1986.

The UPPCB issued notices these units and also to additional 269 industries that it had identified as grossly polluting. The tribunal directed that officials from CPCB, UPPCB and NRGBA should examine all these 956 notices and submit a report with photographs to the tribunal on May 21.


Order: National Green Tribunal order regarding 956 polluting industries discharging effluents into the river Ganga and its tributaries, 06/05/2014

Order: National Green Tribunal order regarding slaughter houses operating without consent and the resulting pollution of river Kali, Uttar Pradesh, 28/04/2014

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