Kribhco plant gets closure notice over buffalo deaths

July 7th, 2011 - 1:25 am ICT by IANS  

Gandhinagar, July 6 (IANS) The Gujarat Pollution Control Board has issued a 15-day closure notice on Krishak Bharti Cooperative Ltd (KRIBHCO) after it failed to explain the deaths of a dozen buffaloes that drank water containing affluent from their Hazira plant near Surat.

GPCB has sought an explanation and corrective measures immediately, failing which the plant will have to be closed down. The notice was issued last week.

K.U. Mistry, chairman of the board, said Wednesday that a complaint has also been lodged with the police.

Mistry said that more stringent measures, including an immediate shutdown of the fertilizer plant, was not ordered as it would have led to disruption, but the company has to furnish full details pertaining to the death of the animals and their failure to intimate the board after burying the dead cattle.

“The matter is serious since it concerns destruction of evidence and the company failed to cooperate when approached by board officials,” he added.

According to board sources, the incident took place last month when dead buffaloes were spotted afloat near the KRIBHCO jetty at Hazira. Later when the board officials got to know of the cattle deaths, they had the bodies exhumed from within the KRIHBCO premises where they had been buried June 16.

Four days later pollution board officials had found the Urea-2 plant closed and water samples collected from a nearby water body revealed a very high level of pollution, possibly the cause of the cattle deaths.

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