Industrial waste dump shifted to green belt in Amritsar

Industrial waste dump shifted to green belt in Amritsar

A view of vacant land where industrial waste is dumped in Amritsar. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, September 16

An industrial waste dump of a local mill has been shifted to the green belt of the highway near the Amritsar-New Delhi railway line. Ironically, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) and Municipal Corporation were unaware of the gross violation of the rules.

The industrial unit had set up a dump near Vallah village on the Verka-Vallah Bypass Road around one year back.

The health wing of the Municipal Corporation had issued a notice to the mill and asked to shift the dump from the city as industrial waste was a health hazard.

Dr Ajay Kanwar, Municipal Health Officer, said, “We found that they have shifted the waste near the railway line. It is a violation of the rules. Even they shifted the industrial waste inappropriate manner. We have asked to PPCB officials to look into the matter. We will also investigate the matter”. Sukhdev Singh, SDO, Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), said, “The matter was not into our notice. We will check and take appropriate action.”

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