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ONGOLE: The Andhra Pradesh Air pollution Management Board (APPCB), regional workplace on Thursday cracked the whip on two industries – pharmaceutical and chemical – for indiscriminate dumping of harmful chemical waste into Pothuraju Canal, the principle water supply for round 1,000 acre of paddy fields and aquaculture ponds in Allur and Kothapatnam of Prakasam district. 

The AP Central Energy Distribution Firm Ltd has been requested to disconnect energy provide to the Ever Well being Life Sciences and the GMS Pharma Firm with fast impact. APPCB, Ongole atmosphere engineer G Nagi Reddy has issued closure order for the 2 industries arrange in APIIC, Gundlapalli Industrial Development Centre-Maddipadu.  

From the previous few months, farmers and aquaculture pond house owners have been confronted with a peculiar drawback – the crops and prawns have been dying as a consequence of acidic waters (acidic water is extremely corrosive to only about all the pieces it comes into contact with) of the Pothuraju Canal.

Suspicious that one thing was fallacious, the farmers and aquaculture pond house owners saved a 24-hour vigil close to the canal to see what was amiss. Within the wee hours of March 18, they noticed two tankers dumping waste into the canal.  

The farmers caught the tanker drivers and handed them over to the Ongole  Taluka Police Station and likewise knowledgeable Nagi Reddy. Responding instantly, the APPCB atmosphere engineer collected samples from the tankers, Pothuraju Canal waters, paddy fields and from the pharma and chemical industries and despatched them for testing to the Central Evaluation Laboratory.

“The outcomes confirmed the samples to be excessive in pH values – pH 1 and a couple of, which is hazardous for crops, livestock, vegetation, aquaculture, different dwelling organisms and atmosphere. In truth as per norms, these industries ought to deal with the chemical waste at their crops solely. There are particular SOPs for correct disposal of chemical waste. As these industries violated the norms, we issued closure order for the 2 industries,” Nagi Reddy informed The New Indian Categorical on Thursday.  

“Although the police didn’t reply instantly, the APPCB took the difficulty fairly critically. We demand the police to behave on our complaints and do justice for us. A number of of the farmers have misplaced paddy crop and aquaculture pond house owners prawn shares price Rs 3 crore to five crore as a result of polluted waters of the Pothuraju Canal,” District Rythu Sangham  basic secretary Duggineni Gopinath stated.


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