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10/08/2018 03:45pm

Rajasthan HC seeks state pollution control board’s reply over industrial effluents polluting canal water

image Rajasthan HC seeks state pollution control board’s reply over industrial effluents polluting canal water

Jaipur, Aug 10 (KNN) The Rajasthan High Court has issued notice to state pollution control board over a petition stating that water carrying industrial effluent, from Punjab and industries on the bank of rivers, are dropping into canal ‘severe health hazard’ to people and livestock.

The Rajasthan High Court has sought pollution board’s reply within four weeks on efforts to stop pollution in Rajasthan and Gang canals.

A bench of Justices Nirmaljit Kaur and Dinesh Mehta issued the notice while hearing the PIL.

The PIL claimed, "This water, coming from Punjab, has been carrying industrial effluent from the tanneries, steel industries and other industries from Punjab which use hazardous chemicals. Mostly, these industries are located on the banks of the rivers and the hazardous effluent of these industries is openly dropped into the rivers.”

The petition was filed by counsel D K Gaur.

This polluted and highly toxic water is making its way to Rajasthan and Gang canals entering Rajasthan from Sri Ganganagar. About 19 districts, which are dependent on the water from these canals have been witnessing a spurt in the incidence of cancer, he said.

"No seriousness has been exhibited by any of the governments inspite of this water causing severe health hazards not only to the human being but cattle also," Gaur alleged.

Protests against the toxic water have also taken place in some districts, the petitioner claimed.

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