Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on environment management in Indian railways –workshops, sheds and production units

Picking holes in the environment management by Indian railways, Comptroller and Auditor General of India has found there were no specific instructions by the Railway Board for installation of Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) at workshops, sheds and production units of railways. Sludge from ETPs was disposed off in open area leading to contamination of ground water, CAG in its latest report said. CAG has suggested workshops, production units and sheds need to take effective steps for proper disposal of ETP sludge as per guidelines issued by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to prevent contamination of ground water.