In­dus­tries will have to re­cy­cle, main­tain wa­ter ac­counts: NGT

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Agra: Slaugh­ter­houses, food pro­cess­ing units and other in­dus­tries from where large quan­ti­ties of ef­flu­ents are dis­charged will have to main­tain wa­ter ac­counts, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent di­rec­tive of the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT). It will also be manda­tory for the in­dus­trial units to re­cy­cle the amount of wa­ter they con­sume in­stead of dis­charg­ing on land or in wa­ter.

A bench headed by NGT chair­per­son Jus­tice Adarsh Ku­mar or­dered the in­dus­tries while hear­ing a pe­ti­tion filed by Shailesh Singh, a Del­hibased en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist, against Ali­garh’s Al-Dua food pro­cess­ing unit for vi­o­la­tion of en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions. The guide­lines for “util­i­sa­tion of treated ef­flu­ent for ir­ri­ga­tion” were for­mu­lated by Cen­tral Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board (CPCB) last month on the di­rec­tions of NGT, which will ap­ply through­out the coun­try.

Pol­lu­tion con­trol boards of all states will en­sure strict com­pli­ance of these or­ders while giv­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal per­mis­sion to such in­dus­tries, said the or­der.

In view of in­creas­ing ground­wa­ter pol­lu­tion, the NGT has also or­dered that in­ten­sive mon­i­tor­ing of ground­wa­ter qual­ity should be con­ducted around such in­dus­tries.

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