Balco, power plant get notices for high pollution emissions

April 7th, 2008 - 9:45 pm ICT by admin  

Raipur, April 7 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh Pollution Control Board (PCB) Monday issued a notice to Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (Balco), part of the Sterlite group, to check pollution or its coal and water supply would be stopped. The PCB has also sent a similar notice to the state-run Chhattisgarh State Electricity Board (CSEB) following complaints of alarming pollution levels at its Korba East thermal power plant.

“The board has issued notices to Balco and CSEB under section 31-A of the Prevention and Control of Pollution Act and has set a deadline of 15 days to take measures to contain the pollution, otherwise the board would be forced to block the coal and water supply to the plants,” a PCB official told IANS.

The official added that a recent PCB survey indicated that the emissions from Balco’s plant and CSEB’s power unit, both at Korba, were far higher than the prescribed limits.

Residents of Korba city, some 210 km north of Chhattisgarh capital Raipur, had also filed a number of complaints with the board against the two industrial units in recent months.

The PCB recently disconnected power supply to several small steel and sponge iron industrial units on the outskirts of Raipur for violating the pollution norms.

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