Monday, July 12, 2010

Majority of effluent plants don’t follow norms

As many as 20 of the 26 Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) in Gujarat are not following norms, it has been learnt. These plants were set up to curb the inflow of hazardous effluents in the water reserves. Now, the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) is pursuing various upgrade plans of the treatment facilities owned by various companies in a bid to rectify the situation. Most of the upgrade for CETPs and FETPs (Final Effluent Treatment Plants) in Gujarat, including the ones situated in the critically-polluted Ankleshwar and Vapi talukas, were in matters of size. But now the waste management companies are considering upgrading the facilities wherein the toxic waste can be treated at the source itself. “It is true that 20 of the 26 CETPs are not following norms set by Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB). They have now submitted various models for upgrade and we are going through them,” said GPCB Member Secretary R G Shah.

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