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Godavari pollution: Closure notice to four factories

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Ravindra Kedia

Nashik: The Godavari river is in a very bad state in last some years. Its sanctity has lost due to sheer negligence of administration and lax attitude of citizens. Nashik Municipal Corporation should implement rules strictly. Despite High Court orders, there is no reduction in Godavari pollution.

Considering this past experience, the court instructed NMC, pollution control board and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) to take strict action. On the backdrop of this, a closure notice has been issued to four factories after a report by a joint committee. Samples of natural nullahs have also been sent for inspection.

A petition was filed in Mumbai High Court over Godavari pollution. During hearing over the petition, the High Court had slammed NMC, Pollution Control Board and MIDC in 2014. Orders were issued to take action over the pollution. On the backdrop of this action was taken in the meantime.

However, there was no consistency in it, pollution had risen. In effect, the High Court had issued a new order on December 18, 2018 and instructed to take immediate action through the joint committee.  As per guidelines, a committee of NMC, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, MIDC, NEERI, petitioner and social activists was formed.

The committee conducted an inspection at an urban colony in Satpur and Ambad industrial area. During this inspection, four factories have been found guilty and a closure action has been taken against them. The notice has been issued to United Engineering Works (Satpur), Pushkar Industry (Ambad), Green Coats (Ambad) and Rachana Electro Metals (Ambad).

The committee conducted inspection regarding the pollution in the Godavari. Samples of the water of those nullahs which are mixing with the Godavari. After their inspection, action will be taken against concerned. After committee members noted that the CETP project in Tapovan failed to use proper resources, guidance has been sought to take action against it. A proposal has been prepared to take bank guarantee from them, informed the regional officer of MPCB J B Sangewar.

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