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Follow BIS guidelines

It is a healthcare issue and needs serious attention

Srinagar, Publish Date: Jul 18 2017 1:33AM

Violating the guidelines of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the major government procurement agencies of the state, which supply various items to the government departments have been endangering the lives of people by purchasing plastic water tanks manufactured by employing the Blow Moulding Technology. Tanks manufactured by this method are considered dangerous for by Bureau of Indian Standards. The Bureau has laid down guidelines to procurement agencies that procurement should be made in accordance with IS: 12701: 1996 which envisages that plastic water tanks for storing purposes and for human consumption manufactured by using Blow Moulding Technology should not be purchased. In this technology, low quality material like High Density Polymer Ethylene (HDPE) is used. As per BIS guidelines, plastic containers up to 20-25 liters capacity can be manufactured through Blow Moulding technology. Large tanks meant for storing water should be manufactured by using Rotational Moulding Technology. However, shockingly the procurement agencies of the state and union government like J&K Small Scale Industries Development Corporation Limited (SICOP), Estates Department, Jammu and Kashmir Project Construction Corporation (JKPCC), are unabatedly purchasing un-recommended plastic water tanks for government departments from the manufacturers which are making substandard production arbitrarily. The tanks purchased by these departments are ultimately used by the general public despite the fact that water stored in plastic water tanks made of Blow Moulding Technique gets contaminated quickly and poses serious health hazards when consumed, the concerned authorities, instead of stopping such units has been allowing the manufacture of the detested tanks for unknown reasons. Pertinently the use of plastic has assumed alarming proportions in the contemporary era. Everything ranging from water tanks to small bottles for drugs is made from plastic. Following the BIS guidelines, therefore, becomes all the more necessary. The departments need to ensure that the tanks purchased by them are manufactured strictly in accordance with the guidelines issued by the BIS. Similarly, the people while purchasing water tanks must question the seller about the mode of their manufacture. In fact, it must be made mandatory for the manufacturer to make a mention of it on the product itself.