Pollution board slaps closure notice on 41 factories

The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has slapped closure notice on 41 factories in the industrial town of Ankleshwar after some factories in Panoli were found taking advantage of the heavy rainfall in the area and discharging untreated waste into a creek.

The closure notice comes just a couple of days after the GPCB slapped similar notice on 21 industrial units in Vapi for their alleged violation of pollution norms. Both Vapi and Ankleshwar towns are among the topmost critically polluted zones in the country.

The incident came to light after some environmental activists and locals informed the GPCB. The GPCB officials went to Panoli Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) and collected water samples from the Amala creek for laboratory analysis.

The officials investigated and found that the factories were discharging untreated liquid wastes into the creek. Official sources said the teams of GPCB, environmental activists and NGOs also went to the neighbouring Sanjali village where they had found that chemical waste was discharged directly into the pond on the outskirts of the village.

Ankleshwar GPCB Regional Officer, M D Kalyani, said, "These factories were seen violating the standard norms of water pollution so we have slapped notice on them. The chemical liquid waste discharged from the factories should have 250 Carbon Oxygen Demand (COD), but we have found that the waste discharged by factories into the water had 40,0000 COD. This is dangerous to the marine life. Our attempt is to bring out Ankleshwar GIDC from the critically polluted zone into safer zone."

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