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Pharma cos dumping toxic waste into drains, TSPCB records 4 cases

A Raju, Hyderabad
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

With heavy rains lashing across Hyderabad during the past one month, it is alleged that some of the pharmaceutical companies in Jeedimetla, Bollaram and Sangareddy industrial areas are taking advantage of the rainy season and dumping toxic pollutants of the companies to the common drains.

Taking cognisance of rising allegations of illegal dumping, the Telangana Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) has pressed its investigation teams on the field and during the past 45 days as many as 4 cases of illegal dumplings have been filed against unknown firms.  “It has come to our notice that some of the pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of heavy rain and resorting to illegal dumping toxic waste into the drains. We have recorded 4 cases in the last 45 days and investigating to identify them,” said Veeranna, a senior environmental scientist, at TSPCB.

According to PCB officials, pharma companies choose deserted locations beyond the out ring road to dump the pollutants. The latest targets now are areas towards north of Hyderabad in villages of Moodchintalpally and Pudur near Jeedimetla and Bollaram industrial areas.

The PCB inspection teams which were pressed to identify any illegal dumping of toxic pollutants by the pharma firms have recently found 33 cans of toxic residue at Moodchintalpally and 40 cans in Pudur villages. “Our inspectors have discovered some of the pharma firms are resorting to illegal dumping and have found more than 70 cans filled with toxic waste in the outskirt villages. We have recovered all the cans and sent them to treatment plant at Jeedimetla,” informed the scientist.

Currently, the pollution control board members are clueless as to which company has dumped the waste. The PCB members and the environmental scientists are deliberating as how to contain such illegal practices by the pharma companies. “At present, we are clueless as to who are involved in the illegal dumping, however, based on the content of the toxic wastes, we may reach at a broad overview and based on the final report, we will take necessary action on some of the suspects depending up on their track record,” opined Kumar Pathak, a PCB environmental engineer.

Recently, taking advantage of downpour in Hyderabad, some companies have also released poisonous wastes in the lakes of Jinnaram and Gaddapotharam industrial areas in Sangareddy district on the outskirts of Hyderabad. The PCB officials have taken cognisance of the issue and have decided to take action against the industries surrounding the area.  “We have decided to initiate action against the industries responsible for the lake contamination and have directed the PCB executive engineer of Sangareddy, Patancheru areas to submit a report on the polluted industries immediately,” informed Satyanarayana Reddy, member secretary of TSPCB.


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