Maharashtra CM’s directive: Seal industrial units discharging untreated waste in Panchganga river

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    Maharashtra CM’s directive: Seal commercial systems releasing neglected waste in Panchganga river

    Composed by Manoj Dattatrye More
    | Pune |

    Updated: January 6, 2021 11: 23: 08 pm





    Countless fish discovered dead in Panchganga river.

    A fornight after thousands of fish were found dead in the polluted Panchganga river, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed the Maharashtra Contamination Control Panel (MPCB) to seal the industrial units which release unattended waste in the river. The CM likewise directed the Kolhapur district collectorate to send a report on filing of an FIR versus activists objecting against river contamination last month.

    The instructions came throughout a meeting held by the chief minister with officials of the Kolhapur district collectorate, MIDC, MPCB and individuals’s agents.

    ” The chief minister has directed that industrial systems which are found discharging untreated waste must be sealed. He stated these units ought to be permitted to open just after they have taken required restorative action,” Kolhpur District Collector Daulat Desai told The Indian Express on Wednesday.

    On December 24, The Indian Express had reported that thousands of fish were found dead in Panchganga river near Terwad town in Kolhapur district. Angry villagers had bound a senior official of the MPCB, declaring absolutely nothing had been carried out in the matter regardless of duplicated problems by them. The official was launched only after the MPCB assured action versus authorities of the Ichalkaranji civic body.

    Desai stated there were almost 68 processing plants and 400 family fabric units of coloring and sizing in Ichalkaranji town, which were a major reason for concern.

    MPCB local officer Sachin Harbad was bound to a stone structure

    ” When the common effluent treatment plant in Ichalkaranji malfunctions, unattended waste makes its method to the river. The CETP is run by the regional industrial association … The processing plants and family units in Ichalkaranji have different CETPs. However the one for family units needs upgradation as it has lesser capability to deal with water,” he stated.

    The big industrial units in Kolhapur have their own effluent treatment plant, stated the district collector. “But sometimes these too breakdown, resulting in release of untreated waste. MIDC and MPCB will act versus such systems,” he said.

    Desai said there is a proposition to set up a zero liquid discharge plant for Ichalkaranji systems. “Such ZLDPs are readily available with systems in Kolhapur. There is a proposal to set up such ZLDPs for units in Ichalkaranji. In CEPTs, the treated water is discharged in river however in ZLDPs, the drainage is recycled,” he stated.

    On The Other Hand, the CM has asked the district collector to send a report concerning the FIR filed against activists who had actually connected up the MPCB official while protesting in Terwad village. “Since there have been demands to withdraw the FIR, the chief minister has actually sought a report in this connection. We will quickly submit it,” said Desai.

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