Mumbai: Maharashtra’s pollution control agency has initiated action against Bajaj Auto Ltd and Kansai Nerolac Paints Ltd for allegedly violating rules related to the disposal of hazardous waste.
The Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) has issued so-called show-cause notices to the two firms asking them to provide reasons why their two plants in the state should not be closed for this violation. The notices were sent on 24 January after the board found 50 tonnes of paint spilt near the Aurangabad plant of Bajaj Auto.
“MPCB has taken a note of the violation of hazardous waste rules by these industrial units. We have sent show- cause notices to both the companies,” said a senior board official, who did not wish to be identified.
MPCB has given 15 days to both the firms to respond. However, it rarely asks firms to close their units; usually the firms have to pay a fine. According to the MPCB official, it levies a penalty of Rs17,000 per tonne of paint spilt.
Bajaj Auto’s vice-president (corporate) C.P. Tripathi said that the spillage of paint had occurred when miscreants had tampered with a consignment of 185 barrels of paint that was being sent back to its supplier in Mumbai. “The spillage occurred when miscreants tampered with the paint barrels, far away from our plant. We are not responsible for it in anyway. It’s the contractor’s responsibility,” he added.
Tripathi denied receiving any show-cause notice and said company officials had met MPCB’s officials in Mumbai and explained their stand. A spokesperson for Kansai Nerolac Paints said it had not received any notice from MPCB.
According to the MPCB official, earlier this month, Bajaj Auto had engaged Ankit Transports to carry 50 tonnes of paint back to its supplier Kansai Nerolac Paints. Under the Central Pollution Control Board guidelines, safe transportation of hazardous wastes is a collective responsibility of the waste generator, the operator for treatment and disposal of these wastes, and the transporter. The transporter should be authorized by MPCB.