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Wazirpur units asked to treat waste water (April)

  Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) has threatened to seal the Wazirpur industrial area if it continues to violate environmental regulations. The area with 2,000-odd industrial units is allegedly discharging untreated waste water into the sewers. The waste water doesn't reach the common effluent treatment plant (CETP) as the sewerage system is broken, says a team of DPCC scientists, which recently visited the area.


The committee has asked Delhi Jal Board (DJB) if it knows that the sewerage system is not working in the industrial area. In the letter, DPCC has said it will close all such units if DJB fails to identify the problem. DPCC has also written to the corporation, Delhi Police and Wazipur Industrial Association about the violation.


The committee has also asked association members to ensure that each plant treats its waste water separately before releasing it. What is more worrying is that the untreated "acidic discharge" may be polluting the Yamuna. "We have found that hardly any water is reaching CETP.


This waste water must be ending up in the Yamuna," said a senior official. The DPCC team has also noticed waste water on many roads in the area. "It's acidic and can affect plants or can flow into people's homes. We have directed the association and other government agencies to get their act together or we will have to close the units," he added.


The discharge can also pollute the groundwater in nearby areas. Wazirpur Small Industrial Association has, however, refuted the charge. "We have received letters from DPCC. But we are taking precautions about not discharging untreated water. Each drop of waste water goes to CETP. I don't know why DPCC is after us," said Jaikumar Bansal, its president. The industrial area has a high pollution potential because of its steel pickling units. The pickling process involves removing impurities from stainless steel by treating it with hot sulphuric acid solution

Times of India, Delhi, Tuesday 15th April 2014