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Polluting industries in Hyderabad receive closure notices

Polluting industries within a 10km radius of the Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar lakes in Hyderabad have been identified for closure. So far, 26 industries have already been shut down; 54 have been asked not to reopen

Ninety-three industries have been identified for closure for being within a 10km radius of the Himayat Sagar and Osman Sagar lakes in Hyderabad.

The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) has identified polluting industries within the zone, in accordance with Supreme Court orders dated December 1, 2000. The order prohibits polluting industries within a 10km radius of the lakes. Subsequently, the APPCB constituted a committee to identify polluting industries in the area. The final report was submitted on December 24.

However, although the courts have ordered the closure of the polluting units by January 7, 2002, the APPCB has so far shut down only 26 industries. These include five textile units, 16 lead-extraction units and two induction furnace units.

An official of the APPCB said that the pollution watchdog monitored all 152 industries and, after taking air and water samples, identified 39 of them as `more polluting'.

Of the overall 93 industries, 54 industries have been asked not to reopen as they were found to be not functioning when APPCB officials went to inspect them. The APPCB team was unable to take air and water sample readings from these 54 industries.

Source: Times News Network, January 17, 2002