Mumbai: The Supreme Court (SC) of India has made functional Primary Effluent Treatment Plants (PETPs) mandatory for all the industrial units of the country in order to deal with release of untreated waste in waterbodies. “If industrial units do not have functional PETPs, then they will not be allowed to function anymore,” stated the apex Court of the country in its decision.
The decision may hit hard those textile and dyeing units which are still working without ETPs or contributing in environment pollution. There are many such units functional across the country.
The SC has also directed State Pollution Control Boards to take strict action such as electricity disconnect against those who fail to comply the Court order. It has also asked local or municipal authorities to set up Common Effluent Treatment Plants (CETP) within three years after acquiring land and completing other formalities. States have also been asked to submit reports with regard to setting up of CETPs to the concerned bench of the National Green Tribunal. The bench said local civic authorities could formulate norms to levy cess from users if they face financial crunch in running and setting up of CETPs.