High pollutant level in the treated effluents in Maharashtra
An application was filed with the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act seeking to know the functional status of the three central effluent treatment plants (CETP) established in the industrial belts of Pune. The reply from the MPCB reveals that the level of pollutants in the treated effluents is much higher than the prescribed limits thus endangering the surrounding environment.
The reply states that the field inspection reports of the three units located within the industrial hubs of Talegaon, Ranjangaon and Kurkumb, respectively clearly state that the plants have been working quite below their full capacity for the past three years.
The analysis of the statistics provided in the reply shows that the biological oxygen demand and chemical oxygen demand (measures of pollution) in the effluents treated by these plants have been found to be nearly twice the limits prescribed by the MPCB. The reply also shows abnormally high levels of chloride content and the chlorinated pesticides.