Hotels, hospitals sounded on effluent treatment

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: Capital DC Talo Potom Saturday convened a meeting with the owners of hotels, automobile workshops and hospitals which were found operating without installation of the effluent treatment plant and sewage treatment plant in violation of Section 25/26 of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1974.

Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) Member Secretary T. Riba said notices were served by the board to various business establishments in compliance with the order of the National Green Tribunal to install ETP/STP in their respective establishments by July 6, failing which they were asked to close down.

He said it was noticed that waste generated from such establishments were running down to rivers directly without being treated and thereby polluting the river, especially Dikrong, Senki and Pachin rivers.

The owners and representatives of hotels automobile workshops and hospitals requested the district administration and the APSPCB to regulate the rates with the vendors for the convenience of all.

They highlighted that following the issuance of notice to various establishments, the vendors have suddenly hiked the cost of installation charges.

They also requested that sufficient time be provided to them for installation that too after a proper survey of requirements for each establishment. They pointed out that most of the establishments are running on rent from others buildings.

The DC explained through a diagram the mechanism of ETP while stressing that the process should not take a long time. He, however, asked the member secretary to discuss with the vendors the regulation of rate and to invite quotations to fix a minimum rate for all.

Representatives from the Arunachal Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries requested the APSPCB to first carry out awareness regarding the harmful effect of sewage/ waste and why it is necessary to install the ETP. They extended cooperation with the direction of APSPCB but requested sufficient time to be provided for the same.

Vendors also presented a PPT where they briefly explained about the process of ETP, its types for different volumes of waste generated and the cost involved.

Later, the DC informed that the drive for the installation process would be carried out in a phased manner with all the big establishments being considered in the first phase. He said that the ETP has to be installed at any cost, and rates and types of the plant to be installed may be worked out by each establishment.

He especially requested the APCCI to pass on the information to all the traders to devise a proper mechanism for waste management and to install ETP as and where required.

Potom added that failing to install an effluent treatment plant and sewage treatment plant would invite additional environmental compensation charges. (DIPRO)

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