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, 2009
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Action plan to control pollution

Source: The Times of India, New Delhi, Date: , 2009

In an exercise to ensure zero-discharge in Buddha Nullah following directions of state government, municipal corporation (MC) and other authorities are now going to propose a three-point action plan to state. The matter was discussed at a high-level meeting of officers here on Oct 6, 2009. In the meeting, that was presided over by MC commissioner AK Sinha, MC joint commissioner BK Gupta, superintendent engineer (SE) of Punjab Water Supply and Sewerage Board (PWSSB) JS Bhattal, environmental engineer of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) SP Garg and others were present. A detailed discussion took place on the matter of ensuring zero-discharge into Buddha Nullah. After going through the proposed designs for installation of common effluent treatment plant (CETP), officers said it was practically not possible for them to allow industrial units to use the sewerage system for dumping industrial effluents into Buddha Nullah, because that would result in choking of the sewerage system that is chiefly meant for use by residents. So officers proposed a three-point formula that would now be submitted to state government. Government would be requested to ask industrialists to lay down sewerage system at their cost for throwing industrial waste into the five CETPs that are to be installed at Bahadurke Road, Tajpur Road, Rahon Road, Focal Point and Industrial Area-A. Similarly, it was proposed that state government could allot 500 acre land to industrialists at certain locations for setting up their industrial units. Principal secretary to the CM Darbara Singh Guru had held a meeting with MC officers, industry department and PPCB officers a few days back towards ensuring zero-discharge into Buddha Nullah.