Around 400 electroplating units to shut shop in Ludhiana

Updated: May 29 2007, 05:34am hrs
Nearly 400 units of city-based electroplating industry may face closure by Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) for not treating hazardous effluents in the designated Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) by May 31, the deadline set by a state committee. "As per our assessment, 400 electroplating units have not become the members of Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society to get their effluents treated in CETP,"Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society, Chief Executive Officer, Joginder Kumar said on Sunday.

A committee headed by Punjab Principal Secretary (Technical Education), electroplaters formed Ludhiana Effluent Treatment Society (LETS), a special purpose vehicle, for putting CETP into operation to treat industrial effluents here. Of 540 electroplating units, only 137 units have became members.The response has been lukewarm," said Kumar.