KSPCB sends notices to around 228 industries in T. Dasarahalli for non-compliance.
Vivek Kumar M
In three months from April to June, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has served Notice of Proposed Direction (NPD) to 228 industries based in T. Dasarahalli due to non-compliance of KSPCB norms.
NPD is the third successive notice which is given to industries that do not comply with the rules. Senior Environmental Officer at KSPCB, North Bengaluru D.R Kumaraswamy said, “We inspect the industries first. If they are found to be violating any laws, we send them a Notice of Non-Compliance. If industries don’t respond or adhere to laws, we send Show Cause Notice.”
The industries have been served notice for several reasons including non-renewal of license and pollution concerns. Dasarahalli is said to be one of the largest industrial clusters with over 6000 units working in the area.
Member of Peenya Industries association, Satyanarayan.U said, “We have sought some more time from KSPCB to adhere to regulations. There are various categories of industries. Some industries come under White and Green category which needs to make minor changes. Industries falling under orange and red category are required to submit certain documents. They are seeking clarification from the board about it.”
Dasarahalli Lake, which is in the area, is also affected by pollution as industries sometimes discharge effluents into the lake. Mr. Varadaraj, who has been in-charge of this STP for almost six years now, said, “We have one MLD Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Dasarahalli Lake. But sometimes there is extra waste that the STP is unable to treat and it gets overflowed into the lake.” Varadaraj also said that the STP at Dasarahalli Lake is the only public STP in the area.
Peenya Industrial Area falls under ‘Severely polluted’ cluster having CEPI (Comprehensive Environmental Pollution Index) score of 65.11 according to the data published by Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). Satyanarayan. U says that there are many small-scale industries in the area. The owners of most of those industries are unaware about the law.
Jhatkaa, which is an organisation working towards reducing air pollution in the city said, “Many industries in Bengaluru burn the waste and it causes air pollution. In the long run, air pollution causes cancer to people who are staying in the polluted area for a long time.”
D.R Kumaraswamy said, “The 228 industries in Dasarahalli did not take any action despite sending them notices. So, as a final warning, NPD is sent to them. If still those industries fail to respond, power supply will be cut for them.”
Alongside 228 industries in Dasarahalli, 14 industries in Doddaballapur, seven in Nelamangala and two in Yelahanka are also served notices.