Durgapur police in Maharashtra state have registered an offence against the management of Chandrapur Super Thermal Power Station (CSTPS). The station is alleged for discharging acidic water into Irai river.
This is the first time a criminal offence has been registered against CSTPS management for discharge of toxic effluents into the water body. The offence was registered after directives issued by guardian minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, who personally inspected the contaminated Irai river.
“We have registered criminal offence against CSTPS management after primary investigations. Samples collected from the nullah where CSTPS drained the contaminated water have been sent to the forensic lab for chemical analysis,” said PSO Durgapur RK Singanjude.
“We are also going to seek a report from Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) officials, who are separately investigating the matter” Singanjude added. Police said offences under section 336 and 421 of IPC and section 108 and 117 of Bombay Police Act have been registered against CSTPS management.
Investigation officer Singanjude claimed that if chemical analysis report confirms the discharge was harmful, then CSTPS management will be asked to identify the officer responsible for the blunder and they will face action.
He also claimed that if MPCB report too blames CSTPS for the discharge of toxic water, then additional charges could be added to the offence. Meanwhile, MPCB officials too have forwarded samples collected from Irai river and Ranvendli nullah for chemical analysis.
CSTPS management clarified that there was no intentional discharge of acidic effluents from the plant. Officers however, not ruled out the possibility of the rainwater passing through coal stock yard draining into the nullah, which further meets Irai river.