Kribhco’s urea plant in Surat faces closure notice

Kribhco’s urea plant in Surat faces closure notice

3:19 PM, 7th July 2011
Kribhco’s urea plant in Surat faces closure notice


AHMEDABAD, INDIA: Gujarat Pollution Control Board has issued closure notice for unit 2 of Kribhco’s urea manufacturing plant in Haziara industrial area of Surat for violation of pollution norms. The notice was issued by GPCB Regional Officer A G Patel after an inquiry revealed that 14 buffaloes had died in Kribhcos campus, following consumption of contaminated water.

“We have issued closure notice for unit 2 of the urea plant of Kribhco under Section 33A of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974, for violation of pollution norms,” said Patel.

“The ammoniacal nitrogen found in the discharge from the unit 2 was well above the prescribed limits,” he said, adding the farmers co-operative has been asked to comply with the environment norms with in 15 days of the notice.

According to Patel, 14 buffaloes had died on June 15 after drinking contaminated water on the Kribhco campus. The company officials buried the corpses in the campus without informing the GPCB. Only after a police complaint was filed that the matter came to light and a probe was ordered, he said.

“We visited the Kribhco campus, exhumed the bodies of the animal and sent them for post-mortem and conducted forensic tests. Also, samples of water and discharge from the urea plant were taken and analysed,” informed Patel.

Patel further said if Kribhco fails to comply with its notification, the unit’s electrical supply could be cut and further action could be taken.

© PTI News




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