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The state-owned Doiwala Sugar Company Limited (DSCL) is in trouble as the state level committee has found the plant is flouting green norms repeatedly. The committee has already served a show cause notice last month to the company, but it is yet to get any response on the same.

The State Level Committee (SLC) formed on the orders of National Green Tribunal (NGT), Delhi monitors industries polluting/flouting green norms in the state.

Sources told TOI that the facility has failed in passing chemical oxygen demand, biological oxygen demand and total suspended solids sample tests carried out by SLC.

Officials of environment department said the mill authorities are yet to respond to the notice, and if they fail to do so the matter will be taken to the highest authority in the state and action would be taken as per the laws.

M S Rawat, executive director of Doiwala mill told TOI that the mill had received a show cause notice from EPPCB previous month. However, he claimed that the mill has already responded to it in compliance to the guidelines of EPPCB.

DSCL was established in 1939 and was acquired by the state government in 1985 and today the facility employs around 740 people. The plant produces 2.5 lakh quintal sugar annually worth Rs 75 crore, and the by-products like molasses, bagasse and press mud produced are worth Rs 6.5 crore, Rs 3.5 crore and Rs 15 lakh. DSCL has sugarcanes coming from nearly 9,000 hectares.

SLC has identified sugar, insecticide and pesticide, pulp and paper, automobile, textile and dying industries as grossly polluting industries (GPI) in Uttarakhand.

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