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Maharashtra: MIDC says all well with CETP, data shows otherwise


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akhilesh yadav

Constructed at a cost of over Rs 8 crore, the Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) in the industrial area of Kurkhumb (Daund taluka of Pune) leaves much to be desired in terms of its performance.

While the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) claims the CETP is functioning well, reports by the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) shows the discharge from the CETP is failing to adhere to the norms.

The CETP, since it was commissioned in 2001-02, has been in controversies. In response to an RTI query filed by The Indian Express, it was revealed that the construction, commissioning and operation had come under scrutiny by various government agencies. While the accountant general had raised questions about its funding, MPCB and Forest Department had pointed out how the discharge from the CETP was polluting the neighbouring regions. Problems regarding its construction were also flagged by the accountant general as a major irregularity during its annual audit. Major issues that came up during the audit was the failure of the MIDC to recover 50 per cent of the construction cost from Industries Association and non-compliance of MPCB norms.

Read at: MIDC says all well with CETP, data shows otherwise | The Indian Express

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MANOJ B. PATEL

Despite repeated warnings issued by MPCB in past to initiate corrective measures, the industries did not follow the norms.

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