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Pollution Control Board orders closure of six units

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HYDERABAD: Amid mounting criticism over the pollution of water bodies in and around the city, the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) has served closure orders on six textile units and has decided to deploy personnel to ensure that they are not run clandestinely.

The board last week issued orders to close these textile units on the charge of discharging effluents into Noor Mohammad Kunta at Kattedan.

The move came in the aftermath of complaints on the high levels of pollution at the lake and the water body gaining a pinkish hue due to it.

It was decided to deploy more personnel to keep a close watch on these industries so that they are not run surreptitiously, PCB officials said.

The common effluent treatment plants (CETP) were directed to initiate measures towards meeting revised inlet and outlet standards in a month's time and were given another month to install necessary equipment and ensure that effluents met the standards of reusable water, said the PCB Social Scientist, K.V. Rao.

Directive to water board

While the PETL had been directed not to use the 18-km pipeline to send its effluents to Amberpet, the Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) had been advised to make certain that the pipeline was not used for transferring effluents. The water board was also requested to furnish details of drinking water supplied to 22 affected villages.

On remediation of Kattaden Lake, Asani Kunta and Kazipally Cheruvu, the PCB asked consultants to prepare a report establishing connection between the effluents discharged into the lakes and those discharged by individual industries in the catchment areas of these three lakes.

Based on this report, to be submitted by first week of September, further action would be taken against defaulters, Mr. Rao said.

The PCB is also contemplating a detailed estimate on the cost involved in remediation of the tanks and the damage caused to the environment, which could be levied against the defaulting properties, Mr. Rao said.

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