Adityapur industrial area
Jamshedpur, Aug. 19: The state pollution control board has started cracking the whip on industries flouting pollution norms in the twin districts of Seraikela-Kharsawan and East Singhbhum.
Acting on a directive recently issued by the National Green Tribunal that says all industries should have proper air and water consents, the regional office of Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) has issued closure notices to at least six crusher units for operating illegally.
It is going through the papers of several more and will take necessary action against them too if they are found to be violating environment norms.
“The National Green Tribunal has asked us to adopt strict measures, which include sealing the units that are operating without our consent. We have issued closure notices to half a dozen crusher units in Seraikela-Kharsawan and East Singhbhum,” said regional officer of JSPCB R.N. Choudhary.
According to sources, around 500 industrial units (medium and small scale) are violating pollution norms at Adityapur and Kandra in Seraikela-Kharsawan district.
“A recent inspection revealed that these units have mushroomed in violation of environment norms. Many are yet to install pollution control equipment and are not following the safely standard while discharging effluents into the surroundings,” a source said.
In fact, several of these existing units had not taken air and water consent from the board before starting operations.
The sponge iron plants are the worst polluting industries.
On Friday, residents of Chhota Gamharia had lodged complaints against sponge iron units operating in the area. According to the complaints submitted with the JSPCB, the plants have failed to check air pollution, leading to respiratory problems among the local residents.
“After scanning the papers of all units that are available with us, we will seek the help of the local administration in sealing those that are operating in violation of pollution control norms,” said a JSPCB official.