Witnessing the rising cases of health hazards owing to the Madhya Bharati Power Project, the State Pollution Control Board (SPCB), Sikkim, has instructed the corporation to immediately stop discharge of untreated waste water from all its project sites to water sources downstream. Speaking to the media, an official of SPCB said, ‘During our investigation, it was found that waste water generated from the project is being discharged without proper treatment which is affecting the major drinking water sources in downstream areas.’
The official further informed that such activities are a violation of mandatory requirements and various provisions under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 and Environment (Protection) Act 1986.
‘Thus the board has directed the corporation to immediately stop discharge of untreated waste water from all its project sites, also to provide appropriate drainage in all project areas for enabling waste water to flow to either in settling tanks or treatment plants,’ the official further stated, adding, ‘This is to be done by a project developer within a month.
It is to be noted here SPCB has handed over its investigation report to the corporation, seeking action within 15 days. Failure to follow directions will lead to closure of project without any further notice. Meanwhile, the residents of Majhitar have expressed satisfaction at the proactive steps taken by SCPB.