Factories’ waste water stinks to high heaven

- LILA BALLAV GHIMIRE, Biratnagar

Apr 21, 2015-

Dairy Development Corporation (DDC) releases around 150,000 litres of dirty water while processing the 40,000 litres of milk it collects daily. Since the company does not properly manage the waste water which is expelled directly into the environment, people living around the plant are facing problems.

The locals have registered several complaints with the environment section of the Morang District Development Committee (MDDC), but nothing has come of it.

“We have received the complaints, but the matter is out of our jurisdiction and cannot be settled at the district level, so it has been forwarded to the Department of Environment which is looking into it,” said Roshan Kumar Joshi, environment officer at the MDDC.

“There should be a processing plant to purify the dirty water released by MDDC. Locals have been protesting against the release of the dairy’s waste water but keeping it on the premises is even more troublesome.”

According to Joshi, the Department of Environment has been looking into the pollution caused by DDC and Himgiri Soap Factory. “The waste water produced by these factories has affected the surroundings,” he said. Not only the surrounding settlement but Koshi Highway too stinks due to the polluted water released by Himgiri Soap Factory located at Tankisinwari.

The MDDC has received complaints against more than a dozen factories besides the dairy and the soap factory in the current fiscal year. Joshi said that the number of incoming complaints had been rising.

Although many factories here have conducted initial environmental impact assessments, they have not obtained pollution control certificates from the MDDC.

So far, only 55 factories have acquired such certificates, according to the MDDC. There are more than 250 factories in Morang.

The environment section of the MDDC issues the certificates after it is satisfied that the factory has made appropriate arrangements for managing polluted water and taken measures in the areas of air and sound pollution.

Of the factories that applied for certification from the section, only 10 percent were found to have completed the initial environmental impact assessment, according to Joshi. Lately, locals have been protesting against the pollution caused by Hulas Wire.

As per the Pollution Elimination and Control Directive, the MDDC’s environment section issues temporary and permanent pollution control certificates, receives complaints against pollution and removes pollution.

It charges the factories for the cost of eliminating the pollution besides a 25 percent fine. If the MDDC cannot take additional action, it bucks up the matter to the Department of Environment.

Published: 22-04-2015 09:35

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