Centre lauds Haryana for cleaning Yamuna waters

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Chandigarh, Nov 18: Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has appreciated the efforts of Haryana State Pollution Control Board in cleaning the Yamuna waters.

A spokesman for the Board said the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) was highly appreciated by the Chairman of the Board and Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, in a recent meeting for taking strict actions against the violating distillery units in Haryana.

He said the four distillery units -- FrostFalcon Distillery-Sonepat, Haryana Organics Samalkha in Panipat, Panipat Cooperative Sugar Mill (Distillery Unit)-Panipat and Associated Distilleries, Hisar -- were given directions by the Chairman of the HSPCB to deposit bank guarantee of Rs 50 lakh and to install Reverse Osmosis and Nano Filtration (RO/NF) system costing about Rs 3 crore in a stipulated time, in order to achieve zero discharge from the distillery units.

All these distillery units have installed RO/NF system, which would ensure zero discharge from these distillery units, he added.

He further informed that out of four distillery units, three units were discharging effluent directly into river Yamuna.

He said HSPCB had been taking effective measures by getting effluent treatment plants installed in all the industries located along with the river Yamuna and also install Sewarage Treatment Plants (STP) for treatment of domestic effluent generated from various towns. He said as a result of this the Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) level in the river Yamuna at village Palla near Haryana Delhi Border was well within the permissible limits of 30 mg/l.

The spokesman said the efforts made by the HSPCB during the last seven to eight months were highly appreciated by the Central Pollution Control Board as well as by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, since the quality of river Yamuna in Haryana territory was good and suitable for drinking purpose.

UNI

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