OSPCB Fines Polluting Industries Rs 1 Crore Each

The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has slapped a ₹2 crore fine on two industries and a penalty totaling to ₹25 lakh each on five hotels in Paradip, for flouting environmental norms and thereby polluting the environment.

“We have fined the two industries ₹1 crore each and the five hotels ₹25 lakh each”, said Ramesh Kumar Ekka, regional officer of OSPCB, Paradip. They have been asked to deposit the amount within fifteen days. The OSPCB had earlier issued show-cause notices to them on January 24.

As per the OSPCB, the comprehensive environmental pollution index (CEPI) in Paradip at present is 60.61, bringing the town under severe pollution zone. “In 2018, the National Green Tribunal ordered OSPCB to take stern action against the polluting units. It is because of this that they were fined”, said Ekka.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)’s analysis shows that 43 industrial areas or clusters out of 88 in the country are critically polluted with respect to one or more environmental components. In this list, Paradip ranks forty-fourth.

The dust from the coal dumped near Paradip port for distribution purpose spreads through the wind and often settles on the ground, damaging crops and becoming a primary cause for pollution-borne diseases.

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