Punjab Pollution Board orders closure of 21 leather units

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Chandigarh, Nov 19 (UNI) The Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has ordered closure of 21 leather industries in Jalandhar.

A spokesman of the PPCB informed in a press release here today that these leather tanning units having wet process, operating in the non-designated area were discharging their untreated trade effluent from dyeing/ fat lacquering of leather.

He said these industries were issued notice u/s 33-A of the Water (Prevention &Control of Pollution) Act 1974 by the PPCB.

Enough opportunities had also been given to these industries to provide the effluent treatment plant to contain the pollutants within the limits prescribed by the Board. Ultimately, these industries were directed to install and commission effluent treatment plant by July 31.

But in spite of persuasion, these industries failed to install the effluent treatment plant and thereafter action was taken against them.

The spokesman informed that the Punjab State Electricity Board authorities have also been directed to disconnect the power supply available to these industrial units.

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