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PCB shuts 6 factories at Jalpally

PCB shuts 6 factories at Jalpally
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Almost six factories in the Jalpally Municipality area have been shut down by the Pollution Control Board (PCB) officials recently, following the complaints from the locals in the area. These factories were resulting in enhancing the pollution levels in many colonies in the area and people were complaining of suffocation. 

Pahadishareef: Almost six factories in the Jalpally Municipality area have been shut down by the Pollution Control Board (PCB) officials recently, following the complaints from the locals in the area. These factories were resulting in enhancing the pollution levels in many colonies in the area and people were complaining of suffocation.

Many localities in Jalpally Municipality area were reeling under the problems of industrial waste, water contamination and pollution following the release of polluting waters from the industries in the area. RR Masala Company, Plastic industry, Battery Industry near Jalpally water reservoir has been the major sources of the pollution in the area. The air and water pollution in the localities has been taking a toll on the children and elderly persons.

PCB regional officer M Venkanna said that following the complaints from locals, about six companies were shut down so far. He said, "There were many companies functioning without proper licenses that included steel manufacturing, battery works and others. These were causing air pollution in the area and people registered complaints on them."

People had complained of respiratory problems. There were other companies of steel and chemicals which result in polluting the nearby localities. Interestingly, several factories have been shifted to Jalpally area after the civic authorities cracked a whip on the illegal factories in Katedhan, Gaganpahad, Hashamabad area some time ago. These factory managements have owned lands here under Jalpally revenue area and procured industry permits. Residents of Sriram Colony near Jalpally have complained that the factories function for six to seven hours daily releasing the poisonous gases in the air.

They said that the smoke of the factories has become a major health hazard for the people. Some locals have complained of thick smoke and approached the factory management only to face rude replies from the latter. Locals further allege that some people with high level connections and panchayat members were in connivance with industry managements. Sapatla Kiran, a local, said that there was a norm restraining the establishment of any industry within the radius of 10 km from the International Airport but authorities permitted the same. He alleged that many factories were resorting to produce duplicate and fake items there. There were several other factories which needed to be shut down or reined in, said locals.

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