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Central Agency embarks on strict pollution control

Posted on Jan 30, 09:20AM | UNI

Kolkata, Jan 29 : The Union Ministry of Environmnent and Forest will take a firm decision on the future of a large number of environmentally polluting industries across the country after March 15 if they fail to abide by the government rule by then

This was stated here today by Dr P B Rastogi, Director, Union Ministry of Environment and Forests while speaking to newspersons on the sidelines of the concluding session of the 61st Indian Foundry Congress

Referring to the Union government's 'firm determination' to bring down the pollution level of a number of labour intensive units, particularly those in the Foundry sector across the country, Dr Rastogi said the government had already imposed a four-year moratorium on such industries and asked them either to adhere to the pollution norms or face immediate closure, jeopardising the future of thousands of employees

As a result, he said, more than 184 such units in West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka faced closure because of their failure to improve the basic pollution norms

Stating that as 226 more foundry and other units had sought time from the Centre and decided to move courts against the government order, the Centre in association with the Central Pollution Control Board had set up an independent committee to survey the prevailing condition of these industries and awaiting its reports

The agency had been asked to submit its final report on or before March 15, Dr Rastogi said and added that in accordance with the findings of the survey report the ministry would take suitable action about the fate of these and similar other units across the country within next month

As per the global pollution norm in tune with the Kyoto Protocol, all polluting industries must bring down the level of their pollution to at least 70 points from around 95 to 100 points now by next month, failing which strict action would be taken against them, the environment ministry director warned

Among the foundry units facing closure in West Bengal were those situated in Haldia and Asansol industrial areas, Dr Rastogi said and asked them to take necessary steps to upgrade the working condition of their workforce by drastically reducing their pollution level

He, however, refused to comment when asked about the possibility of throwing the future of a large number of families at stake who were solely dependent on these foundry industries

"It is up to the management of these units to think about this and insted of facing closure(they) must take steps to reduce the pollution level," he said