Industrial waste generated poisonous crops in Aurangabad

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Aurangabad, July 2 (ANI): Lack of incinerating industrial units in Aurangabad has led to dumping of industrial waste into water bodies, poisoning the crops.

The industrial units especially the textile, paper and the distillaries are major sources of these pollutants which directly affects the soil.

The inorganic toxic pollutants make the soil totally unfit for cultivation.

Farmers complained of the inaction of the pollution control board and the Government to curb the practice.

"The pollution control board and the Government bodies are not able to control the poisonous chemicals being discharged into the water bodies. This leads to the farmers using this polluted water to irrigate the fields which in turn leads to poisonous crops which affects the health of the common man," said Hitendu a farmer.

Ranjan Garg, pollution expert said that the sewage which is discharged directly into the water stream, pollutes the soil so much that it becomes unfit for cultivation.

"The sewage which is discharged directly into the water stream pollutes the water stream and when the farmers use this water to irrigate the fields the soil gets polluted. It gets so much polluted that you get the greenish yellow water from the borewell once it is fixed. You don't feel that the soil is being degraded for first one or two years and you get the good crop but slowly the farmer starts crying when the yeild drops," said Garg.

There have been many court orders, which forbid the emptying of industrial waste into the rivers. By Abdul Hadi (ANI)

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