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Monday, 27 July 2020

Punjab releases funds for effluent treatment plant, dyers relieved

Shivani Bhakoo

Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, July 26

In a relief for the Punjab Dyers Association, the state government has released a subsidy for the installation of the common effluent treatment plant (CETP) on the Tajpur Road.

On the behalf of the state government, the member secretary of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) wrote to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF), asking it to release its share of Rs 12 crore at the earliest so that the CETP could be installed in a time-bound period.

Bobby Jindal from the association told The Tribune that the members of the association had visited many offices to get the subsidy amount from both governments. They even had to knock on the doors of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for getting the subsidy share from it. The letter from the state government had come as a major relief, he added.

The letter read that the project was sanctioned by the MoEF with a grant-in-aid of Rs 15 crore. Of which, the first installment of Rs 3 crore was released to the board in December 2019 and February 2020. It also mentioned that the state government had sanctioned Rs 7.50 crore for the plant which was to come up on the Tajpur Road, of which Rs 1.50 crore was released in June 2018. Till date, the amount released by the Centre and the state government had been utilised, and 85 per cent of the work had been completed, read the letter. The letter mentions that the state government had released and transferred Rs 6 crore in the bank account of the PPCB.

from The Tribune

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