Hyderabad: The government of Telangana has promised it umpteen times that polluting industries in the Hyderabad city will be shifted beyond the Outer Ring Road (ORR). One cannot help but take these repeated promises by the government because not much has changed over the years. On Thursday midnight fire broke out at a chemical factory in Industrial Development Area of Nacharam for the second time in less than two months. Six workers who were inside the factory escaped while one sustained an injury
Over the years residents of Nacharam are raising complaints about the polluting industries in the area. A large number of residential colonies and schools likes Delhi Public School, Johnson Public School and Sri Chaitanya reside in the vicinity of the industries.
Very much worried about children studying in schools nearby. How can education department give permissions to schools near the industries. Either remove the schools or remove the industries.
— Venkat Ram (@tadivenkat) September 13, 2019
“10 years back, we fought day and night, demanding the shift of polluting industries in Nacharam. We even went on hunger strikes to close factories of Liquor India and Lakshmi Torch. Almost 12 chemical industries were closed as a result of our struggle, but again there are a few left, and maybe the fight has to be continued,” says Mekala Muthyam Reddy, who has been living in Nacharam since the last 45 years.
Dear KTR Sir,
We are really worried, this is going no where .Despite raising this issue several times, the team under you is not working.Everything is well managed with no result..The industries were suppose to move out of ORR and Hyderabad city limits.
— Vijay KumarChowdhury (@vijaychow) September 12, 2019
According to study reports, there are over 400-odd chemical, pharmaceutical and drug manufacturing industries which is causing air, soil and water pollution within ORR. Also, as per Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation Ltd (TSIIC), there are 1,125 polluting industries within ORR.
When asked about the government’s proposed plan to shift the polluting industries in Nacharam, D Geetanjali, Chief General Manager, Telangana State Industrial Corporation said, “No shifting of industries from Nacharam is done so far. It is still under the process. Those industries are running units, hence shifting them will take time. Including land, the government should offer them all the facilities”.
“We agree that this is an industrial development area and residential colonies came around later. Many small-scale industries also function here. But the problem is that they don’t have their own system of waste disposal. They dispose of the untreated sewage through the resident’s drainage system. This effect the nearby water bodies including the groundwater,” said B T Srinivasan, General Secretary, Nacharam Residential Colonies Welfare Association.
Meanwhile, responding to the concerns of locals about the incident, Minister for Municipal Administration of Telangana K T Rama Rao tweeted and said the action would be taken. He said, “We are seriously concerned about the polluting (Red/Orange) industries & adjoining residential neighbourhoods. We will make sure to move these industries outside of ORR in a phased manner.
We are seriously concerned about the polluting (Red/Orange) industries & adjoining residential neighbourhoods
— KTR (@KTRTRS) September 13, 2019
@KTRTRS @TelanganaCEO Sir pollution in nacharam is threat to life of several people residing in surrounding areas. These kind of accidents happening with one after the other chemical factories located in this area. Request you to move factories out of residential areas. https://t.co/vgSYN3jBIQ
— Ramesh Kunduri (@KunduriRamesh) September 13, 2019
It was another terrible blast at Nacharam Industrial area just now. Major fire accident. Fire engines are on job. Feeling insecure to live Raheja Vistas. Please help us and remove the factories from here. pic.twitter.com/28ncrbFwC8
— Shiva Shankar (@shiva2k2shiva) September 12, 2019
Following the Thursday night fire blast, many residents of Nacharam had taken it to twitter urging the government to remove the polluting factories.