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Jadcherla pollution: Pharma giants put on notice

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: May 10, 2018 | Updated on: May 10, 2018

NGT seeks stand on plea against them over waste release.

Representational image.

Representational image.

Hyderabad: The National Green Tribunal on Thursday issued notices to the Telangana Pollution Control Board, Pharma giants Aurbindo, Hetero and others and to the Centre, directing them to explain their stand on a petition seeking to register cases against them for causing pollution in open lands near Polepally Special Economic Zone at Jadcherla of Mahabubnagar district. The NGT principal bench, headed by acting chairperson Justice Jawad Rahim, was dealing with a petition filed by Kosgi Venkataiah, a farmer from Mudireddypally village in the district.

Counsel for the petitioner K. Sravan Kumar submitted that illegal release of industrial waste water by pharmaceutical companies in Polepally is affecting the integrity of the ground water, ponds and air. He also told the tribunal that industrial activity is adversely affecting the ecosystem and the overall ecology of the area and villagers are seriously affected owing to pollution, as a result of which they have brought their grievances before the authorities. He submitted that TPCB and the Union ministry of environment and forest are not taking adequate action to stop the air, land, water and groundwater pollution.

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