Polluting industries to be punished

Polluting industries to be punished
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District Pollution Control Officer V Ravi Shankar on Friday warned that action would be taken against those industries which do not follow anti-pollution guidelines. Speaking to The Hans India on the eve of National Anti-pollution Day, he underlined the importance of every industry adopting the relevant guidelines. Besides, they should promote public awareness on tree plantation. Ravi Shankar stat

Kothagudem: District Pollution Control Officer V Ravi Shankar on Friday warned that action would be taken against those industries which do not follow anti-pollution guidelines. Speaking to The Hans India on the eve of National Anti-pollution Day, he underlined the importance of every industry adopting the relevant guidelines. Besides, they should promote public awareness on tree plantation. Ravi Shankar stated the public should ban using the plastic and burning of garbage. Everyone should strive for creating a pollution-free society, he added.

Pollution is being caused by 1,339 industries in Paloncha, Yellandu, Aswapuram, Bhadrachalam, Aswaraopet, Manuguru, besides Kothagudem, particularly those using coal and power, contaminating the atmosphere. Besides, these industries generate poisonous gases resulting in the nearby residents getting long-term ailments. Such cases have steeply increased in the recent past. There have been more cancer deaths and cases in Bhadrachalam during the last two decades.

About 200 cancer patients from the river flowing areas are undergoing treatment in Hyderabad, Vijayawada and other areas. Those suffering from pulmonary diseases number 70 among every 100 people, who spend thousands for getting treated. Another aspect causing concern is the rising number of those suffering from skin disorders.

Another accusatory factor for rising pollution is the gradual increase in vehicles in the agency areas of the district, which has 51,941 two-wheelers and 6,122 four-wheelers. As many as 900 to 1,000 two-wheelers and ten cars get registered in the Transport department office here. There are more 15-year-old vehicles in the district, polluting the environment.

People moving on the roads in Bhadrachalam, Burgampadu, Palvoncha and Kothagudem are already facing problems from smog. If such problems are not tackled on an urgent basis there could be a scenario of the future generation using oxygen cylinders to reach educational institutions and offices. Keeping this in view, there is an urgent need for every citizen to promote tree plantation to strengthen the Haritha Haram programme taken up by the government.

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