Pollution board holds meet, draws guidelines
With 17 of Bhavnagar's 40-odd magnesium producing units having been forced to shut for illegally dumping wastes since July, the regional office of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board held an "environment clinic" on Friday and drew up a list of sector-specific guidelines.
Sources said the consultation was attended by heads of about 35 units, and was prompted by last week's apprehending of a container truck just before it dumped almost 18,000 litres of wastes into a creek outside the city. That operation had involved a Vapi-based unit that sent the waste to a unit in Bhavnagar using a truck owned by a transport company in Ahmedabad. The units were eventually forced to shut.
"With the unit owners, we drew up guidelines for the sector so it can recycle wastes better and pollute less. We have sent these to the GPCB head office in Gandhinagar, who will consider whether or not it will become a policy for the sector," GPCB's Regional Officer in Bhavnagar A V Shah said.