Consequently, the committee recommended action against the units to CPCB, which has directed the Haryana Pollution Control Board (HPCB). In its communication to HPCB, sent on April 5, the state body has been directed to complete the proceedings related to closure and criminal cases against the factories and industries identified for polluting water. The central board has directed HSPCB to submit the compliance report by June 5.
When contacted, HPCB member secretary S Narayanan confirmed the communication having received the CPCP directions. Refuting any delay, Narayanan said, “We have already taken action against the errant units. We have started an intensified drive to check polluting units and the factories functioning in the violation of the Environment Protection (EP) Act. We shall have a joint meeting with the monitoring committee soon. But things here are moving at a fast pace.”
During investigations by CPCB teams, it was found that 50 major industrial units were releasing toxic discharge into drains untreated. These industrial units were supposed to route the discharge through effluent treatment plants (ETPs) to be installed within their premises. The drain water falls into the Yamuna.
Sources said that HPCB had initiated action against the 12 such industrial units so far. It is also taking steps for starting prosecution against 170 units.
Narayanan said that the board officials and local authorities have started the proceedings to file criminal cases against those served the notice under EP Act.