Only ZLD Achieved Paper Mills may be allowed to operate during Kumbh Mela | No drainage of Treated water

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Only ZLD achieved paper mills may be allowed to operate during Kumbh Mela, No drainage of Treated water.  Apprehension on shut down still unclear

Ghaziabad | 23 December 2018 | The Pulp and Paper Times

The Government of Uttar Pradesh’s  decision to close the 60 paper mills of western Uttar Pradesh between 15 December and  15 March, 2019, to provide clean water for devotees participating in the upcoming Ardh Kumbh festival in Allahabad (India) starting from 15 January 2019 is still under apprehensive mode.

However, the report from Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) submitted to National Green Tribunal (NGT) recommends that industry may be directed to reuse their treated effluent in process/irrigation and not to discharge into river Ganga and its tributaries so that water quality during Kumbh – Mela could be maintained for bathin purposes.

“The discharge from paper industries is often found coloured and may create situation of visible pollution in river Ganga at Prayagraj.” Report says.

The (NGT) on December 19 refused to interfere with the State Pollution Control Board’s (SPCB) order which had directed for temporarily closure of polluting industries discharging effluent in tributaries of Ganga, in view of ensuing Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj commencing from 14.01.2019. The tribunal had come to this conclusion after going through reports from the central pollution control board (CPCB) and Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB), and was of the view that the activities of the industries have an adverse impact on the water quality of river Ganga.

“Our Appeal before NGT has been dismissed. Paper mills, those are operating on Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) may not be shut down if they use their treated effluent water again in paper making process or release it for irrigation purpose. No single drop of treated water will be discharged in to Ganga and its tributaries.  Only ZLD paper mills will be allowed to run their operation on above said condition otherwise non ZLD units have to shut down their mills. We are expected to have visit of CPCB or SPCB team in few days to review the ZLD process.” Mr. Arvind Agarwal, President of NCR Paper Mills Association and Managing Director of Paswara Papers Ltd said to The Pulp and Paper Times.

“There is still doubt over the continuity of operation of paper mills. All paper mills of western Uttar Pradesh have to be closed, whether it is ZLD or non- ZLD. State Government will decide the operation of paper mills according to roster after 6 January 2019. Now, we are conditionally allowed to operate on using treated effluent in process/irrigation from 15 December 2018. The Designated authority will be providing Different dates to paper mills for closing of their operation as per the roster after 6 January 2019.” informed by Mr. Himanshu Sangal, Managing Director of Sangal Papers Ltd.

“We are operating our paper mill on ZLD for long time and appeal to other paper mill also to adopt ZLD for the sake of clean environment. We are using the treated water in process/irrigation and for in-house RO plant” explained by Mr. Ankur Bindal, Director of Bindals Paper Mills Ltd

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