Sambalpur plant faces flak from pollution board

Production at the Bhusan Power and Steel Limited in Sambalpur’s Thelkolei village came to a standstill on Monday evening when power supply was stopped to the plant for not adhering to pollution norms. Officials of Orissa State Pollution Control Board said the company did not take any step to check pollution despite repeated reminders. So the step was taken with the help of the district administration.

“We have repeatedly directed the company management to take pollution control measures. But the company paid no heed. So the board issued the closure notice to the company on October 12 and asked the company to rectify the observations of the board with regards to pollution. To implement the order, steps were taken yesterday to disconnect power supply to the company”, officer of the Sambalpur regional pollution control board H N Nayak said on Tuesday.

Officials of the company admitted that power supply was disconnected on Monday. “The operation of the kilns no 1,2 ,4 and 8 along with cold rolling mill have been closed as per the direction of the board. This has severely affected production in the company”, a HR official of Bhusan Power and Steel Ltd said. tnn

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