Mathura, 2019.04.26 (VT): Following NGT’s order last year, the district administration and UP Pollution Control Board took immediate steps to shift silver units outside the city of Mathura. This decision was taken to stop the discharge of untreated effluents in the Yamuna. While most of the set-ups were evicted to private industrial areas, some illegal ones continue to operate till date.
Additionally, copper factories that dump hazardous chemical waste into the river are yet to be taken to task by the NGT and other concerned authorities. In fact, many of these units, including illegal ones, continue to be shielded by government officials. They are primarily located in and around Masani and Saraswati Kund in Mathura.
Copper factories are discharging a harmful mix of acid and iron into the river at an alarming rate. The poisonous liquid is generated when copper utensils are cleaned with acid. During this process, a lot of metal gets washed away in a dissolved state.
The effluent is sold at the rate of Rs.100 per 20 litres to extraction units (mostly illegal), where iron is used to separate copper from the primary effluent. The resulting mixture of iron and acid is dumped into the Yamuna without any treatment.
Kanta Nath Chaturvedi who has been working to bring industrial chemical pollution in Mathura to the notice of NGT says that these illegal set-ups are running under the complete knowledge and protection of Pollution Control Board.
NGT lawyer Sarthak Chaturvedi added that the matter will be brought to the notice of the tribunal at the earliest.