The State Pollution Control Board has served notices to five noted cement industries ACC Cement Plant at Bilapur, JP Cement Plant at Bagheri in Nalagarh, Ambuja Cement Ltd at Nalagarh, Asian Cements at Nalagarh and Cement Corporation of India Plant at Rajban for causing air pollution in the region.
The Pollution Control Board has directed all cement companies to take remedial steps, which can bring the air quality to permissible level within one month’s time. The five industries, which have been found guilty of exceeding the permissible respiratory suspended particulate matter, thus making the air highly polluted have also been given a list of recommendations for immediate implementation.
All five units have been asked to take steps to bring down pollution by taking measures like making the entire patch of concrete where trucks line up and park, sprinkling of water twice a day to reduce dust and taking steps for greening the area in and around the plants.
The main reasons for the pollution are the emissions from the trucks, roads being unmetalled and dust storms. The SPCB, which monitors the air quality regularly intends to increase the frequency of these checks by making it more frequent.