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Textile Units in Barmer Shut Down to Prevent Pollution

Sep 20, 2021
Textile Units in Barmer Shut Down to Prevent Pollution

Jaisalmer, Rajasthan

The Rajasthan Pollution Control Board (RPCB) had ordered the shutdown of more than 800 textile units in Balotara in Barmer district for releasing effluents into Luni river.

The shutdown will continue till the 18MLD reverse osmosis (RO) plant begins operations. The board has also taken serious note over the delay in starting of 18MLD reverse osmosis (RO) set up to process the effluents draining into the river.

The board has warned strict action will be taken against the units that flout the order. Though the RO plant is almost ready, carelessness of the common effluent treatment plant (CETP) trust has led to delay in startung the plant. Though the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had also ordered a strict ban on discharging effluents into the river, it failed to prevent the units from draining pollutants into the waterbody.

Looking at the situation, the RPCB issued the order on September 13 to CETP to stop textile units from operating. According to information, the CETP trust itself was not following the orders of thde NGT and the Pradushan Nivaran Evum Paryavaran Sankarshan Samiti, informed RPCB chairperson Veenu Gupta.

Textile units in Balotara have been functioning for the last 40 years but have done precious little to save the environment. RPCB member Anand Mohan said the board took serious note of carelessness of the CETP trust by not starting the RO plant which led the textile units to release polluted water into the river.

Source: The Times Of India

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