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Fish death: Pb min orders seizure of security deposit of sugar factory

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

O P Soni today ordered the seizure of security deposit worth Rs 25 lakh of a sugar factory in district in the wake of the death of a large number of fish in

He also ordered the sealing of the from where molasses leaked into the Beas and caused the death of fish.

The constituted a probe committee and sought a report within three days and warned of strict action if the factory management is found guilty in the investigation report.

Earlier, during a meeting of the department here, Soni issued clear directives against those flouting the rules.

He said action would be taken against those industries who were found throwing waste material into drains or rivers.

"Action will also be taken against the officials concerned of the municipal corporations and the municipal councils as well," he added.

The said the government is not against the industries.

"In fact, we are promoting industries by giving power at low cost and other subsidies," he said.

He also directed that chronic defaulters of pollution should be penalised as per law.

A large number of dead fish were found floating in Beas yesterday after molasses from the sugar factory leaked into the river, officials had said.

Molasses leakage also changed the colour of the river water to rust brown.

Fresh water from the was released into the river to flush out the pollutants.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 19:35 IST
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