HC seeks report on draining of 16 MLD untreated pollutants by CETP Baddi

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    In a serious matter of draining out about 16 MLD untreated pollutants by Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) at Baddi in the rivulets in Solan district, the Himachal Pradesh High court today sought report from the state of Himachal Pradesh.

    The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Jutice Sandeep Sharma passed these orders on a petition taken up suo-moto by the Court as Public Interest Litigation on a news item published in an English daily. Directing the state to come up with the status report on or before August 03, 2016 in the matter related to blatant raise of industrial pollution in Baddi industrial area in the state.

    The court also impleaded Baddi Barotiwali Nalagarh Development Authority as party respondent in this matter. The newspaper published a report on July 1 that “Pollution rises in Baddi as effluent plant under used” suggesting that the 50 per cent industrial units of Baddi Industrial area released untreated as the CETP could not treat entire pollutant.

    Untreated water was causing havoc in the State as due to the negligence of concerned departments release untreated pollutant in Ashwani Khud at liquid Sewerage treatment plant Malayan has been taken lives of about 18 people in the municipal corporation Shimla and Solan early this year. Now the criminal case has been booked against the erring officer and contractors of STP.

    Charges of corruption has been levelled in such move as the number of STPs were getting clearance without proper sampling and testing in the State and most of them are non-existent. Under the State Pollution Act every industrial and hospitality unit should have built or release their waste and liquid pollutants before treatment in the streams however it was working in most haphazard manners.