Industries around Vrushabhavathy valley told to set up treatment plants

Following the directions issued by the Supreme Court, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) on Friday identified water-based industries around Vrushabhavathy valley and its catchment area and directed them to set up effluent treatment plants at the earliest.

The apex court had issued the orders on February 22, 2017, on a writ petition, directing all industries to set up primary treatment plants within three months.

KSPCB chairman Lakshman said that following the orders, the board identified 474 water-based industries in the catchment area which fall under various categories, leading till Byramanagala tank. The categories include surface treatment and electroplating, bulk drug and pharma, dyeing and washing, garment washing, service stations, plastic recycling with washing, batteries, automobile and engineering.

“The industries are required to treat and recycle the effluents completely within the premises to comply with the directions issued by the Supreme Court. There should not be any discharge of untreated or treated effluents into Vrushabhavathy valley and into Byramanagala tank, directly or indirectly. Penal action will be taken against industries not complying with the directions or with the Air and Water (Preservation and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974,” he said.

The industries have been listed out on the Board’s website-

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