Chhattisgarh serves notices to Balco, 36 others for pollution

February 13th, 2009 - 11:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Feb 13 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government has served notices to as many as 37 industrial units in the past two years, including the Vedanta-controlled Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd.(Balco), for violating industrial pollution norms, the state assembly was informed Friday.
“The government has either moved court or issued notices to 37 industrial units for ignoring pollution norms in Raigarh and Korba districts, including Balco (based in Korba town),” Revenue Minister Amar Agrawal told the house in a written reply to a question by Leader of the Opposition Ravindra Choubey.

Agrawal announced that the government would act tough against industrial units if pollution norms were flouted.

When Congress leader and former chief minister Ajit Jogi said that the pollution levels in Raigarh, Korba and capital city Raipur have crossed all limits and the industries were using the air pollution control devices as show pieces, the minister said the government would ensure the devices are used effectively.

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