Saturday, December 05, 2009

‘Zero-discharge’ units paint Gomti black

More than the stench of rotten eggs permeating the air it is the black and still water of the Behta nullah that hints at the subtle environmental damage that has set-in in the industrial locality along the Sandila-Hardoi road. Officially, the industrial units functional in the area are said to have a `zero-discharge'. However, when the TOI team visited the place and spoke to the villagers, it learnt new facts. Something of the sort that calls for a thorough reality-check by authorities. More so, because Behta drains into the river Gomti, after traversing some 60 kms or so, near Taat Kheda village on Sitapur-Hardoi road. The Unnao regional office of UPPCB (Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board) maintains that no industrial unit in Hardoi is flouting the pollution control norms. In fact, the office in an information released to Irfan Ahmed,
vice-president, People's Union for Civil Liberties (UP chapter), under the Right to Information (RTI) Act has stated that no industrial units in the area have been closed down for flouting the pollution control norms.
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