Demand for legal action against Ahmedabad units "illegally" releasing waste water

Ahmedabad-based environmental group, Paryavaran Mitra, has demanded that that the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) should begin legal action against those units operating in the Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC), which have been found be releasing industrial waste water from their factories into the Kharicut canal, which passes through portions of the city.
In a letter addressed to the chairman, GPCB, dated July 27, Paryavaran Mitra’s director Mahesh Pandya has said similar action should be taken against four units operating behind in the Behrampura ward, operating behind the Barrel Market and Chiragh Park, for illegally releasing their waste water in the gutter.
Pointing out that the action should be initiated under the Water Pollution Control Rules, 1974, which prohibit dumping waste water illegally. The letter follows news reports that while the GIDC Association, Naroda, has been fined Rs 10 lakh, the four factories in the Behrampura ward have been fined Rs 50,000 each. Pandya says, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation should have “immediately approached” GPCB for legal action following decision to fine these units.

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