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Has proposed project to dump "treated" effluents into Arabian sea got eco-nod? RTI plea to GPCB

By Our Representative
Top Ahmedabad-based environmental group Paryavaran Mitra has filed an application with the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, regarding the construction of a pipeline that would reportedly carry treated effluent from different cities of Gujarat and discharge it in Arabian Sea, wondering, “How many industrial estates and Central Effluent Treatment Plants (CETPs) are part of this project?"
Seeking details on each of them, the plea has also asked GPCB to provide feasibility study report, if any, about the project, and who was given the work order to prepare the report regarding the discharge of treated effluent through underground pipeline in Arabian Sea”, even as wondering as to whether the constructing an underground pipeline to carry treated effluent requires Environmental Clearance, and if any Environmental Impact Assessment report has been prepared for it.
The environmental group has further asked, “Which are the state and Central government authorities and concern boards like GPCB and GIDC that have approved this proposal to carry out treated effluent and discharging it in the Arabian Sea? Who will bear the cost of this underground pipeline and what would be the total cost of this project? When would this project get implemented and from which cities would the effluent be carried out to the Arabian Sea?”

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