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764 industries, 5 states behind Ganga pollution, National Green Tribunal informed

NOIDA: In a case related to pollution of the Ganga, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) was informed on Friday that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified 764 grossly polluting industries in five states on the main stem of the river and its tributaries.

The information was provided to the tribunal through a joint affidavit filed by the Union Environment Ministry and the 
National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA). As per the affidavit, a copy of which is with TOI, the CPCB has issued notices to units which are not complying with pollution control norms while discharging their effluents into the river. CPCB had conducted an inspection of grossly polluting industries along the Ganga River in the period between August 2011 and August 2013.

It has been mentioned in the affidavit that the 764 industries identified as grossly polluting by CPCB are located in Uttarakhand, UP, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

MoEF and the NGRBA have furnished this information in a case in which environmental activists had alleged that untreated effluents drained by a couple of industries into the Simbhaoli drain in Ghaziabad, which ultimately empties into the Ganga, is polluting river waters.

The sugar industry and the dairy products' manufacturing unit, alleged to be releasing untreated and toxic effluents into the Ganga via the Simbhaoli drain, figure among the 764 grossly polluting industries identified by the CPCB.

UP Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has meanwhile imposed a stay upon operations of the distillery unit of the sugar industry. Operations of the distillery unit have been retrained till it is granted consent by the UPPCB.

Earlier this month, the member-secretaries of CPCB and UPPCB had jointly carried out an inspection of these units acting upon orders of the principal bench of the tribunal. Gross irregularities in adherence to pollution control norms had been detected by the two-member panel following the joint inspection.

The Times of India (01-03-2014)