Hyderabad: Mysterious stench is giving sleepless nights to the residents of Nallagandla, Chandanagar and surrounding areas.

Resident complains from 6:30 pm this smell becomes so severe that people start feeling a headache and dizziness.

“The air becomes so bad that many of us start feeling nausea and headache. People gasp for breath,” said Srikanth Reddy, a resident of Nallagandla.

Residents said that the emissions from the factories in Nallagandla, Chandanagar, Ameenpur, and Madinaguda could be the contributing factor to pungent smell.

“There are many factories in the surrounding areas. We start having a cough soon after dusk sets in,” said Santhosh Surabhi, resident of Nallagandla.

Residents have now knocked at the doors of Telangana Pollution Control Board office in Beeramguda seeking help.

“Pollution control board officials came recently to take stock of the situation. With their equipment, they were not able to detect pollution in the area. But they also felt a pungent smell. They have assured that they will look into the issue,” said Srikanth Reddy.

Pollution Officer, Beeramguda, Ravi Kumar said they have held a meeting with local community representatives to discuss the issue.

“We are not able to find the source of this smell. Had it emanated from water, we could have identified it easily. Most of the factories around the area use chemicals. We are going to check on the factories and try to find out the reason for the pungent smell. Our priority is to identify the source of the smell,” he said.

Sumit Jha

Sumit Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with NewsMeter. An alumnus of the University of Hyderabad and Amity University. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also a contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, consumer, health, human interest and data stories. You can follow Sumit on Twitter @sumitjha__

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