The existing legislations i.e., the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and the Environment Protection Act, 1986 provide for necessary penal action against the offenders.
Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has inspected 752 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs) (as on 30th June, 2016) out of the identified 764 GPIs operating on the bank of River Ganga and issued directions under Section 5 of E (P) Act, 1986 to 573 units found non-compliant during inspection. Out of these 573 units, 65 units were issued closure directions. Five key industrial sectors namely, distillery, sugar, pulp & paper, tannery and textile contributing 90% of inorganic load into the river system have been issued directions to achieve water conservation and zero liquid discharge by March, 2017.
This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Vijay Goel in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.
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