Visakhapatnam: Observing untreated industrial effluents flowing freely into the sea, environmentalists want officials to stop the practice immediately.
They called for a mass movement to protect and restore water bodies in Vizag.
Environmentalist Bolisetti Satyanarayana invited K.H. Choi, who worked as vice-president of Hitech Energy in implementing several power projects across the globe.
They visited industries in Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam and noticed industries have to make more efforts to reduce pollution.
Most of the chemical industries directly pump pollutants into the ground using reverse boring method, which means permanent damage to the groundwater resource. This threatens lives of people in the radius of several km.
Mr Choi wondered how can local authorities allow untreated chemicals into water bodies. “In Korea, we cannot see smoke coming from chimney of any factory. Industries can make money from pollution also. They can use the heat to reduce fuel consumption as well as pollution in the air,” he said.