Pollution levels alarming in industrial areas of Sundargarh,Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Hirakhud and Kalahandi

December 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm 2 comments

Following is a report from The Pioneer:

The State Government which is giving lot of stress on industrialisation has perhaps forgotten the importance of the environment and its protection. As a result, pollution in the State has reached alarming levels.

Reports are pouring out on rampant illegal mining in forest land at many places in the State. The mining carried out by the companies and rapid loss of forest cover has further aggravated the situation. The situation in 16 mining and 12 industrial areas is disturbing. This has been stated in the report of Society of Geo Scientists and Allied Technologists submitted to the State Government.

The areas which are worst-affected are Keonjhar and Sundargarh’s iron ore and manganese mining areas, Talcher and Angul’s coal mining areas, the mining areas in Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and IB Valley, and the limestone mining area near Hirakhud. Besides, the chromite mining areas in Sukinda, Daitari iron mining area and Koraput, Rayagada and Kalahandi’s graphite, bauxite, manganese and iron ore mining areas have turned into a blast furnace, the report said.

Besides, the industrial areas of Rourkela- Rajgangpur, Jharsuguda, Chowduar-Athagarh, Balasore-Bhadrak, Dhamra, Chandikhole-Duburi, Paradip, Khurda-Tapang and Joda-Barbil have been seriously affected. Thus, keeping the local situation in mind an environmental plan is immediately needed to save the State from any disastrous effects, said the report. Besides the air and water pollution, the ground water has also been polluted.

Even as the farmers are protesting to give water for industrialisation, water shortage for irrigation purposes has cropped up. But the Government has remained a mute spectator and the measures taken up by Odisha State Pollution Control Board have been inadequate. The report urged the Government before setting up any industry or giving mining lease should consider the effects on the environment.

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Entry filed under: Industries and Environmental Issues, Industries and mineral resources, NALCO and Jharsuguda, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL), Jharsuguda, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL), Lanjigarh.

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