Six textile dyeing industrial units in UP have been sealed.
They were found to be operating without any license or pollution clearance certificate. The dyeing units were releasing polluted water without treating it first. All dyeing units need permission for operation from the Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board, which is granted only after an effluent treatment plant is installed at the site. The units were engaged in dyeing jeans and the waste water was being dumped in drains nearby without being treated.
Additionally, these industries were set up in a residential area which does not conform to the prescribed norms.
Following complaints by residents, the units were inspected. Electricity supply to these units has been disconnected.
Noida and Greater Noida have several dyeing industrial units. However, all of them have obtained permission from the department and have installed an effluent treatment plant. An effluent treatment plant treats acidic chemicals released by color and other raw materials used in dyeing.
The team which inspected the site, headed by the city magistrate, was formed based on instructions by the National Green Tribunal.
Meanwhile, the food safety department also inspected and sealed a spice manufacturing unit. The inspection was carried out following a complaint, and it was found that the artificial color used to manufacture the spices was not food grade.