GPCB issues notices to polluting industries

Ahmedabad, March 28 | Updated: Mar 29 2006, 05:30am hrs
In an attempt to minimise the pollution levels in the state, Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) has issued closure notices to 71 industries and served legal notices to 526 industrial units.

The state government has proposed an Action Plan to be implemented with immediate effect, said minister of state for forests and environment Mangubhai Patel.

Mr Patel informed that around 5,000 state industrial units have installed pollution control equipment at their plants in order to bring down toxic levels. Similarly, the government has introduced compressed natural gas (CNG) to be used in utility vehicles for better environment. At present, 40 stations are operational, where nearly 40,000 vehicles have been fuelling CNG.

Few years back, Ahmedabad was considered as one of the most polluted city in the country, but now the air will get cleaned in short span of period, added Mr Patel.

The state has formulated five pipeline policy pertaining to release the purified industrial water into the sea.

Gujarat has 21 joint purified plants, maximum number in any State, and has ordered for six more such plants to support as many as industrial units in the State. The Bharuch-Ankleshwar industrial purified pipeline is stretched upto 54 kms long with an investment of Rs 120 crore, which is largest in Asia -pacific.

Expressing concern over eco-tourism, Mr Patel said the government has decided to invest Rs 35.26 crore to develop 31 eco-tourism spots. He stated that Centre has been thinking of developing major tourist spots of the State to aware the citizens as well as to promote the unrecognised heritages of the State.