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ANPCC monitoring industrial discharge & sea water quality of beaches

Port Blair ,

      The Andaman & Nicobar Pollution Control Committee (ANPCC) is taking various measures to keep tab of pollution in the Islands. In this regard, inspections were conducted earlier in the hotel industries and beaches in Shaheed Dweep during the month of Nov. 2020. In continuation with the inspections of industrial units and beaches, a team from ANPCC visited Swaraj Dweep last month to check the discharges quality of water from hotels and also to monitor seawater quality of the beaches. As part of the inspection, pH (Potential of Hydrogen) and D.O (Dissolved Oxygen) of the industrial discharge from the hotels were tested. Additionally, D.O & Temperature of the sea water was collected from the beaches which are frequently visited by the tourists.
   During the visit to Swaraj Dweep, the team visited 20 hotels and 5 Health Care facilities. Out of 20 hotels, 5 were found closed and 2 hotels were found under construction. In the remaining 13 hotels which were operational, the discharge quality of water from the outlets of Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), the pH and Dissolved Oxygen (D.O) parameters were monitored and it was found that the discharge parameters of 7 hotels were within the prescribed standards. Action is being initiated in accordance with the provision made under Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, against the defaulting hotels which are not meeting the prescribed standards.
    Further, directions were given to the new hotels under construction to obtain the 'Consent to Establish' under the relevant rules and to take all the measures to mitigate the pollution by installing required capacity of STPs for sewage treatment and ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) for treatment of various discharges from the hotels.