Wednesday, December 27, 2017

MPCB shuts down 49 factories in Pune


PUNE: The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has shut down as many as 49 factories, mostly chemical and pharmaceutical units, in Pune during the past two years for large-scale violation of anti-pollution laws and causing damage to the environment.

The factories found to be discharging pollutants into the Mula-Mutha river streams were investigated by the MPCB and have been found to have violated the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, and the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981.

Information regarding the factory closure was revealed by MPCB under the Right to Information (RTI) Act filed by the Watchdog Foundation based in Mumbai. Earlier, speaking to, P Anbalagan, member secretary of MPCB said, “We asked the factories to shut down as a last resort after they repeatedly failed to comply with environmental laws. We were forced to take this action on the basis of the severity of the violations.”

Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), Maharashtra has the maximum number of polluted river stretches in the country - 49 of 315. Around 3,000 million litres of untreated sewage and industrial effluents regularly flow into the rivers, lakes, and other water bodies of the state.

The ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MoEFCC) in its report stated that while Maharashtra generates 13% of the country’s sewage, about 8,143 million litres a day (MLD), it has facilities to treat only 5,160.36 million litres of sewage on a daily basis.


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