Dhanbad: Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) has pulled up East Central Railway for “causing water and air pollution” in Dhanbad division.
In a letter written to Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) BB Singh on Saturday, the green watchdog has sought to draw his attention towards violation of various environmental norms by the railways.
The communiqué, sent by regional officer of JSPCB Dinesh Prasad Singh has pointed out that the railway division has been discharging polluted water from its yards and stations into rivers and other water bodies.
Besides, sewage water from Hill colony, Matkuria rail colony and Rangatand rail colony is released in the open, without proper treatment.
“After washing railway wagons, they discharge the polluted water into different water bodies,” Singh said in the letter.
He added the railway division had been violating provisions of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1974 and Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1977 and Air (prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981.
According to green norms, setting up sewerage treatment plants at residential colonies and effluent treatment plants at railway stations are a must.
“We have also instructed the railway authorities to take these measures in order to prevent external discharge of untreated water,” the JSPCB regional officer.
Moreover, JSPCB has expressed serious concern over air pollution caused at railway sidings because of loading, uploading and transportation of coal.
Notably, railway sidings have been categorised in the red category by the board, making it mandatory for the authorities to seek prior consent from concerned state boards to operate.
However, according to sources, rail sidings at Kusunda, Patherdih, Bhojudih, Basuria, Bhaga and Bansjora are operating without any NOC from the JSPCB.
“The residents of these areas have lodged complaints several times,” Singh alleged.
DRM Singh said he was yet to receive any such letter, but promised to address the concerns, if any. “We will look into the issues and seek guidelines of our headquarters at Hajipur (Bihar),” he said.
He added, “As far as I know, there is no discharge of hazardous material at Gomoh Loco shed. We will be able to explain the exact scenario once we know the content of the letter.”