During a raid, a team of HSPCB officials found that the two units were using coal and mustard husk as fuel for a boiler with a capacity of 10 tonnes of steam per hour (TPH) each.
Two units using coal as fuel sealed Gurgaon: The Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) on Tuesday sealed two “polluting” factories in Pataudi after they were found using coal as fuel. During a raid, a team of HSPCB officials found that the two units were using coal and mustard husk as fuel for a boiler with a capacity of 10 tonnes of steam per hour (TPH) each.
One THP means that the boiler can produce one tonne of steam per hour under standard operating conditions, an official said, adding that plumes of smoke from the chimneys of the units had been continuously discharging toxic pollutants into the atmosphere.
The move comes after the board conducted raids following an Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) order for closure of all coal and other fuel-based industries in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Noida, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwadi, Greater Noida, Sonepat, Panipat till the morning of November 5. As per the EPCA order, no person can establish or operate any industrial plant in any air pollution-controlled area without the consent of HSPCB.
The board had on Monday ordered all coal and other fuel-based industries which have not shifted to natural gas or agro-residue to remain closed in Gurgaon. EPCA has directed to take up all cases of non-compliance immediately with stringent enforcement of rules. HSPCB is closely monitoring polluting units in the area, officials said. “We are in the process of conducting more raids in the city, especially in industrial areas. We already have issued notices to all hot-mix industries to shut down till further orders. These units discharge toxic gases into the atmosphere, which gets trapped because of the low wind pressure,” the official said.