Himachal orders British-era liquor unit shut

Shimla, May 29 (IANS) The Himachal Pradesh government has asked a liquor unit, set up by the British and now owned by an Indian firm, to stop production due to violation of environment norms, an official said here Saturday.

‘Liquor company Mohan Meakin has been issued a notice for discharging sewage into the vicinity of the facility. It has been asked to stop production immediately,’ Pollution Control Board Member-Secretary Nagin Nanda told IANS.

He said the company was discharging effluents into the nearby fields without treating it.

‘The treatment plant installed in the factory was not working properly and moreover it was not following other environment norms too,’ he added.

The company was established by Edward Dyer from Britain in 1855 at the Kasauli hills, some 55 km from state capital Shimla, under the name Dyer Breweries.

Later, the brewery was shifted to nearby Solan town as there was an abundant supply of fresh spring water there. The brewery site was converted into a distillery, which Mohan Meakin Ltd still operates.