A few days ago, the HRTS plant near the river crashed leading to lethal chemical effluents reaching a cattle fairground at Tilwara, around 15km away. Mallinath cattle fair is slated to be held on the ground this month. Pradushan Nivaran Evum Paryavaran Sankarshan Samiti secretary Om Prakash Saini informed about breaking of the plant following which samiti president Tulsaram Choudhary reached the spot and informed the pollution control board officials.
Later, the state pollution control board in Jaipur, directed to close all factories associated with Balotara CETP till the under-construction plant was ready and started functioning.
It is alleged that in the name of an accident by CETP trust, the wall of the plant was breached and chemically polluted water was dumped into the river. CETP trust Balotara had the responsibility to abide by the NGT orders, but the polluted water was discharged into the waterbody.
HRTS (mini dam for storing treated water) of Balotara CETP at Jasol border breached at two places a few days ago. The treated polluted water from the factories went into the river. The water reached Tilwara. It is to be mentioned that the cattle fair is to be organised there after Holi, which may face issues due to the effluents.
CETP president Subhash Mehta said that he visited the site and prima facie, it appears that some unidentified people had broken it. There were no chances of the breach of the wall. The water has been directed into the pond by a pump.
Rajasthan pollution control board regional officer Amit Joyal said that treated water from many factories comes to HRTS which was above its capacity. CETP Balotara was repeatedly being warned and notice was given, but they did not pay any attention and thus the temporary dam was to breach. He said that the Jaipur office has been apprised about it.
According to the information from official sources, the 18mld plant worth Rs 128 crore is under construction, to retreat the polluted water coming out from Balotara factories and is expected to be complete in 15 days. Till then, it has been directed to close all factories till the plant starts.