SOUL to bare pharma pol­lu­tion on so­cial sites

Deccan Chronicle - - CITY -

A So­cial Me­dia cam­paign will be launched against wa­ter pol­lu­tion by phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies. Pharma com­pa­nies of­ten let their un­treated ef­flu­ents flow into wa­ter, caus­ing foam­ing and froth­ing of wa­ter bod­ies in parts of Musi river and Hus­sain­sagar.

A press meet was held on Tues­day by NGO, Save Our Ur­ban Lakes (SOUL) against the up­com­ing Pharma city at Govern­ment City Col­lege.

“At present, we are fac­ing so many prob­lems due to the pharma in­dus­try. Hy­der­abad has be­come a drought-hit city be­cause of their un­eth­i­cal prac­tices. The wa­ter in­flow from Kukkat­pally, the lake at Nacharam and Hus­sain­sagar in front of Mar­riot Ho­tel can all be seen to have foam on their sur­face, which makes them un­fit use,” says Luba Sarawat, the head of SOUL.

The ground­wa­ter near most Pharma es­tab­lish­ments is pol­luted and un­safe for drink­ing.

“You can see a lot of pink ef­flu­ents at the lake in HMT Na­gar. All the ex­ist­ing pharma com­pa­nies do not turn on their waste treat­ment ma­chines for fear of the elec­tric­ity con­sump­tion bills and the res­i­dents have to pay the price of liv­ing in a place with no wa­ter,” says Sarawati K., a con­cerned cit­i­zen.

At­tended by 50 peo­ple in­clud­ing stu­dents, the press meet aimed at mak­ing stu­dents more en­vi­ron­ment-con­scious. Man­ju­latha, the prin­ci­pal of City Col­lege, says, “We must en­cour­age the young minds to work for the en­vi­ron­ment to bring about change. A so­cial me­dia drive be held with com­pa­nies tar­geted on What­sapp and Face­book.”

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