Water pollution: Five hotels in Odisha get closure notice

Bhubaneswar: The State Pollution Control Board served closure notice to five leading hotels in Bhubaneswar and pilgrim city Puri for violating rules.

The notice was issued to the hotels on Feb 20 for violating section 33A in the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974.

In the notice the State Pollution Board authorities asked the hoteliers to close their hotels or else legal action will be taken against the violators.

The hotels included Puri’s Sipasarubali Hotel and Hotel Balaji International at Baliapanda and Bhubaneswar-based Hotel Bari International at Nayapalli, Hotel Ginger opposite Nalco headquarters near Jayadev Vihar, Hotel Green Field at Rasulgarh and Hotel Stone Palace at Chandaka.

As per directive by the Supreme Court to take action against the firms creating water pollution, the State Pollution Control Board officials had visited the hotels and inspected their sewage treatment plants, which were found to be nonfunctional or defunct.

Following review report, the pollution watchdog authorities served the closure notice to these above hotels directing them to shut down their units till proper operational of the Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP).

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