Taking a serious view over the Central Pollution Control Board’s (CPCB) report citing the 98 industrial units seriously polluting the River Ganga in state of Uttar Pradesh, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has ordered the CPCB and UPPCB to conduct a joint inspection of all industries and sought a report.
Directing to set up a joint committee, the Tribunal asked to bring in the report the industrial clusters of different categories and their location. “...In respect of the industries which were served with show cause notice for closure it shall be reported as to what is the fate after the issuance of such Notice and the present status of the industry whether they are operating or not?” the NGT said and asked for a separate list of all the sugar and distillery Units functioning on the banks and nearby river Ganges and Yamuna and whether they are discharging their effluents into the river.
Refrerring to 98 industries, the forum said these units are categorised as “seriously polluting industries" which have not installed any anti pollutant devices...”.
It appointed advocate Aagney Sail, as the Local Commissioner who shall visit the industries which were shown in the report as closed but they were actually operating and submit a report and file a detail affidavit.
During the hearing a plea for cleaning Ganga, the CPCB in its list of 972 units includes 98 seriously polluting industries which have either not installed anti-pollution devices or have installed anti-pollution devices but they are not functioning properly. Those 98 industrial units include names like Simbhaoli Sprit, Wave industries limited, Harduganj Thermal Power Station, Diesel Locomotive Works (Varanasi) and others.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has laid special emphasis on cleaning and rejuvenation of Ganga river. An informal group of secretaries of select union ministries and an informal group of union ministers are also meeting to chalk out a clear roadmap for cleaning and rejuvenation of India’s holy river.