KOLKATA, 11 NOV: The West Bengal Pollution Control Board has served a notice to the Dankuni Coal Complex (DCC), a Coal India Limited’s subsidiary, for violating environment norms.
The unit had also been discharging untreated waste in the Dankuni canal polluting it severely. The WBPCB had been receiving several complaints from the residents of the area against the smoke and the pollution caused by the coal complex. Mr Biswajit Mukherjee, chief law officer of the WBPCB, said that the board had been receiving complaints against the unit for the last 12 years. The DCC had also been warned a number of times but they failed to treat their discharge and comply with the environment norms. “The DCC authorities have sent us a reply and some officials had also visited the WBPCB. Their reply was found to unsatisfactory and a strict action against them is in the pipeline.” After the WBPCB received complaints from the locals that the canal water is getting contaminated, it had held a meeting on 28 May, following which, the decision to issue a showcause notice to the DCC was taken.
The DCC officials had sought some more time to install equipment to treat their discharge and had also complained that they do not have enough money to implement the recommendations given by the WBPCB, added Mr Mukherjee.
The highly polluted Dankuni canal would also have to be cleaned and desilted. Mr Mukherjee said that a meeting would be called soon with the district magistrate of Hooghly to discuss ways to so that condition of the canal could be improved. The navigability of the canal has decreased due to the consistent discharge of waste materials from the DCC.