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Polluting tanker seized near Alang

BHAVNAGAR: Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) officials in Alang caught a tanker near the cable-stayed bridge on Bhavnagar-Ahmedabad highway, which was about to dispose off 17,800 litres of ammonium carbonate into the sea.
Acting on a tip-off, officials led by regional officer Anil Shah seized the tanker belonging to Vapi-based Pthalo Colours and Chemicals (India) Ltd. The company had no permission to sell this chemical.
"We will not tolerate such illegal activity in Bhavnagar," Shah said.
In last monsoon too a tanker of the same company has been caught trying to drain chemicals into the sea in Alang.
GPCB has lodged a complaint in this regard at Velavadar police station. The recipient of tanker was Super White Chemical based in Bhavnagar.
"Neither the sender nor the buyer has permission to handle this chemical. In fact, we have issued closure notices to 17 units making magnesium carbonate in which this chemical is being used as raw material," Shah said. The chemical poses a great threat to marine as well human health as well.