Gangtok, 22 Apr:
After the Sikkim High Court scanner revealed contravention of Environmental Protection Act, 1986 and Hazardous & Other Wastes Management Rules by pharma units operating in Sikkim, the State Pollution Control Board, in a first,sealed one such unit here.
On the report of Amicus Curiae, Manita Pradhan, pointed out severe instances of violation of these laws and rules, the High Court directed the SPCB to seal the Pristine Life Science Pharma Unit.
The unit was polluting right under the supposed watch of the State Pollution Control Board despite the local people having made several complaints about dumping the untreated hazardous chemicals by the unit. This was eventually brought to the notice of the High Court.
Pristine Life Sciences, located opposite Bhanu Park on NH-10 in Singtam, East Sikkim,it is informed, has not properly installed or maintained the Ion-Exchange filtration equipment and is also alleged to have dumped and buried hazardous wasteslike Effluent Treatment Plant sludge, rejected finished products and expired raw materials behind the factory premises.
This hazardous waste was not being treated through the Effluent Treatment Plant, which is in contravention to the provision of Section 8 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and also the provisions of the Hazardous and Other Wastes (Management & Trans-boundary movement) Rules, 2016.
It is also being contended that Pristine Life Science used contaminated and dirty water from the jhora to manufacture medicines and other drugs.