They had failed to obey Pollution Control Board’s orders
Concern over poor maintenance of underground drainage systems
Experiments being conducted on petrol
production through use of plastics
HASSAN: Karnataka State Pollution Control Board Chairman H.C. Sharatchandra has said the Board will file criminal cases against officials of the Chamundeswari Electricity Supply Corporation for not disconnecting power supply to eight stone crushing units located near Hassan city, despite notices being sent seeking action.
Addressing presspersons at Malnad Engineering College here on Monday, Mr. Sharatchandra said these crushing units had not taken any steps to control dust and were responsible for air pollution. Board officials who inspected the units a few months ago had issued notices, but no action was taken. They then directed the Chamundeswari Electricity Supply Corporation to disconnect power supply, but the directive had not been implemented. Criminal cases would soon be filed against the officials for ignoring instructions. They could be punished with 15-day imprisonment and a fine, he said.
Mr. Sharatchandra was in Hassan to participate in a seminar on better management of rural sanitation organised by the Civil Engineering Department of the college.
He said the Board had noticed that the underground drainage systems throughout the State, including Hassan, were not functioning well. “We have already sent circulars to all municipalities and corporations in the State to maintain them well,” he said. He recalled that recently the Board had taken action against the Commissioner of the Sirsi Municipal Council for not implementing its directions.
Mr. Sharatchandra said experiments were on in Madhya Pradesh where petrol was being manufactured out of waste plastics. If this proved successful, it would be extended to Karnataka also.
Principal of the college Venkatesh Murthy was present.