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Industries polluting environment will face action: Punjab minister

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Om Prakash today said owners of industries not following environmental norms would face action.

During a visit to the Buddha Nullah at Ludhiana, alleged that dyeing units that had not installed water treatment plants or had not kept them in working condition were discharging toxic water into the drain.

He claimed that it was causing serious health ailments.

held a meeting with representatives of the dyeing units and set a deadline of two months for them to adhere to the rules.

"If industries are not fulfilling government norms, their owners should be ready for strict action," he said.

Notably, molasses from a sugar factory near had leaked into Beas river, recently, leaving a large number of fish dead.

Soni said cleanliness of the Buddha Nullah under 'Mission Tandrust Punjab' is a dream project of

Presiding over a meeting with dyeing unit associations, Soni said industry is the backbone of development in the state, but the government will not tolerate any kind of environmental pollution for the sake of running industries.

He instructed officials of the Board (PPCB) to ensure all dyeing units follow norms.

Soni directed the to tighten the noose around those units that are discharging their waste into the Buddha Nullah.

The is committed to starting three Common Effluent Treatment Plants in at the earliest, he said.

The government has already provided its share of funds, but the union government is yet to contribute its share, the alleged.

"However, with the Punjab government's share and industrialists financial assistance, the maximum part of installation work has been completed," he said, as per an official statement.

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

First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 00:30 IST
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