Sakthi paper mill asked to stop illegal operation

Edayar June 28:Sree Sakthi Paper Mills, the company located on the banks of the Periyar that was held responsible for discharging untreated effluents into the river, has been asked to “stop illegal operation of the unit”.

Issuing the order, Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) Environment Engineer M.P. Thrideepkumar asked the company to comply with the closure notice issued on June 24. The decision comes in the wake of the High Court of Kerala rejecting the petition of the company.

After receiving the notice, which was issued on Monday morning, the company officials sought three hours to shut down the unit. The time was sought to complete the production of paper using the pulp that was in the production line of the company. “The Board will keep a close watch on the developments and will ensure that the closure notice is implemented,” said an official of the Engineer.

The High Court had disposed of the writ petition filed by the company challenging the closure order issued on May 24. The company had challenged the order which also asked it to stop discharge of effluents into the river system.

The closure notice pointed out that the “present operation of the unit was illegal, flouting the orders of statutory establishment like the Kerala State Pollution Control Board and against the order of the High Court of Kerala”.

The functioning of the company, according to the notice, was a serious offence under the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act.

The KSPCB was duty-bound to issue direction and the company was bound to comply with the direction and to get the unit closed down and to regulate supply of electricity, water or any other services, the order said.

The Board will be duty-bound to make an application to a court of law, if the company disregards the closure notice.