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India’s Supreme Court Orders Industrial Facilities to Stop Operating Unless They Have Treatment Plants

India’s Supreme Court has ordered industrial facilities there to quit operating near bodies of water unless they have effluent treatment plants that treat sewage and industrial wastewater. They must still be given proper notice. The aim is to bring down water pollution levels.

The Hindustan Times is reporting that said that bench there has directed the state pollution control boards to ensure that all industrial units verify their actions — that they have indeed set up such wastewater treatment plants. The boards will furthermore have to carry out inspections to check on the status of the situation.

“If industrial units do not have functional PETPs, then they will not be allowed to function any more,” the court said, as reported by the paper. The justices also directed the pollution control boards to disconnect power supply to those industrial units that do not comply.
Generally, industrial waste from over 700 pollution-intensive industries, such as chemicals, textiles, pulp and paper, are contributing to the crisis of toxic water pollution in at least four states of India through which the Ganges River flows, reports the Inspired Economist.
The textile industry is a heavy contributor to water pollution there, it continues. That’s because its factories are discharging colored effluent bleaching and dyeing.
“The bigger corporates have already introduced green technologies,” said Praj Executive Chairman Chaudhari, in the story.“But there could be issues of financing for (new technologies.) This calls for an integrated approach to project development with cost-effective technologies and innovative funding mechanism.”
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