SPCB closure notices to polluting hotels in City

Bhubaneswar: The state pollution control board (SPCB) has issued closure notices to nine hotels over last two years for not setting up treatment plants. Forest and environment minister Bijayshree Routray, who informed this to Assembly Tuesday, in writing to a question from Bhujabal Majhi, however, said that some of these matters are pending with the district administration while others have taken legal route against the order.
The hotels that have been served closure notices are Hotel Upasana at Netaji Subhash Marg, Hotel Padmini at Rasulgarh, Hotel Delmon at Ashok Nagar, Hotel Gayatri at Kharvel Nagar, Hotel Shreya at Mancheswar, Hotel Dreamland Inn at Kharvel Nagar, Hotel Annapurna at Nayapalli, Hotel Highway Inn at Rasulgarh and Hotel Rajmahal at Rajmahal Square.
This apart, eight other hotels have been issued show-cause notices for not adhering to pollution norms.
The minister said the AlIMS-Bhubaneswar has been served a show-cause in 2015 for not having a treatment plant. Neelachala Hospital at Kharvel Nagar has also been served a notice for the same reason in October. Besides, Apollo has been served a show-cause in November for its treatment of waste not meeting standards fixed by the pollution board, the minister said.

Closure notice to Vedanta Smelter and TPP
Bhubaneswar: Forest and environment minister Bijayshree Routray Tuesday informed the State Assembly that the state pollution control board has sought closure of Vedanta Limited (Smelter & CPP) and Vedanta Limited (TPP), both at Bhurkhamunda in Jharusuguda, in September this year for violation of pollution norms.
He said Bhushan Power & Steel Ltd at Telkoi has been slapped a penalty of `3.25 crore towards pollution charges and Shyam Meallics & Energy Ltd has also been imposed pollution charges of `45.60 lakh in July this year.
The action has been taken based on an action plan prepared by the pollution board in accordance with the comprehensive environmental pollution index, in which Angul-Talcher belt and Ib Valley-Jharsuguda region have been found critically polluted along with the Paradip region.


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