Jalandhar,Punjab: Environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal, on Monday evening, visited the sewage treatment plant at the Leather Complex and discovered that the two plants at the facility were not being used. Industries were releasing untreated water and effluents into the Kala Sanghian drain. Seechewal was accompanied by his followers and Sant Daya Singh.
“We had received complaints of negligence by the industrial units at the Leather Complex. This issue had been raised in the meetings with the Punjab Pollution Control Board. In the last meeting with chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, we were assured that this will stop, but apparently nothing has been done,” said Seechewal.
He then called up the local pollution control officer on telephone, directing him to reach the spot.
Executive engineer Manohar Lal Chohan visited the site. “I had detected the irregularities a few days ago and the matter was also brought to the notice of the PPCB chairman. It is the duty of Punjab Effluents Treatment Society (PETS) to operate these sewage treatment plants and it has been asked to submit it explanation before the chairman on April 22.” “What is the fun of installing CCTV cameras and building a treatment plant, when it is not to be used,” Seechewal rued.