India, Amara Raja Batteries to comply with Pollution Control Board orders

Amara Raja Batteries Limited (ARBL), which has been served closure notices by the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) for its manufacturing plants at Karakambadi near Tirupati, and Nunegundlapalli near Chittoor, on Saturday said that the company is taking all necessary steps to comply with the APPCB orders, reports.

Responding to the closure notice served by APPCB on Friday, a company spokesperson said, “We shall continue to engage with APPCB authorities in the interest of avoiding a dislocation in supplies to some of our largest clients in sensitive sectors. At the time of a national emergency in the form of the Covid-19 pandemic, such a dislocation would be calamitous.”

The battery firm further said that it has pressed contingency plans into action to avoid dislocation in supply of batteries to customers across product segments including essential service sectors such as defence, hospitals and telecommunication.

“The company (has) made several representations to the state pollution control board  officials on various environmental control measures deployed in line with industry standards, regulatory requirements and improvement actions being initiated. The company is hopeful of a satisfactory resolution which is in the interest of all stakeholders,” added the company spokesperson.

The company representative said that its manufacturing plants had undergone annual and bi-annual environmental audits and certifications over many years and had even received several awards for safety and environmental sustainability.


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