Post‘Green Rain’: MPCB shocks 44 companies in Dombivli
Omkar Engineering Company was shut down
Dombivli: The much discussed ‘green rain’ has awakened the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) officials after nine days and in reply the board has shut down Omkar Engineering Company, a color manufacturing factory in the area, on Friday.
Earlier the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had hit out at the MPCB over the Green Rain that was caused because of the industrial fumes. In reply the MPCB has sent notices to 44 companies asking why the firms not to be closed down causing pollution in the Ulhas river and at Kalyan channel.
The residents of Vicko Naka, Shil road and Manpada road, Cholegaon and Sonarpada next to MIDC phase-1 witnessed green color drenched on the morning of 22nd January around 8 am. It was an untimely rain and had speculated concerns among the citizens as the green color was littered on building terraces, trees and leaves. In addition the bad odor had started coming out in the area.
Most of residents were worried about the incident and had contacted MPCB officials. In reply the officials guessed it as a food color. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) activists and the residents had gheraoed the MPCB officials who had come to the site. On the next day the MPCB officials came to the rain site and had gathered the soil and leaves drenched in the green rain for further tests.
The MPCB has kept the blot on Omkar Engineering Company for causing green rain in MIDC phase-1 after its finding report. The company used to manufacture wooden color. The MPCB officials had stopped the water and electricity supply to the company and locked it, Bhagvandas Salunke, Regional Officer, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board.
Meanwhile, Vanshakti, an environmental organization, had filed petition to the National Green Tribunal (NGT). MPCB took action only after the NGT hit out at the board. The tribunal has asked the board to submit an action plan for making the Ulhas river pollution free.