95 industrial units shut in West Bengal

: The West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) had recently closed down 95 industrial units in West Bengal, WBPCB chairman Kalyan Rudra said here on Friday. He was speaking at seminar on World Water Day in the city.

“We have closed down the units on the grounds polluting the Ganga, operating without the consent of the Board and discharging untreated waste water into the river,” Dr. Rudra told The Hindu .

Dr. Rudra pointed out that according to the judgement of the National Green Tribunal judgement in November, industries operating without the consent of the board and having no effluent water treatment plant should be closed down immediately.

Ground water depletion

Expressing concern over the depletion of ground water in West Bengal, Dr. Rudra said that out of the 341 blocks in West Bengal, 174 blocks had registered annual depletion of ground water of 20 cm. He emphasised on less dependence on ground water and increased the use of surface water.

Dr. Rudra also said that the according to the Kolkata Municipal Corporation data, the Dalhousie Square area had recorded more than “11 meters of ground water depletion” in the last four to five decades.

As for the excavation of ponds, Dr. Rudra pointed out that scientific methods such as constricting a proper inlet for surface water could enter the pond and an outlet for the excess water to go away were not properly taken into consideration everywhere.

Earlier, Dr. Rudra had pointed out that in Bengal the ground water in 81 blocks is contaminated with arsenic and with fluoride in 49 blocks.

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