Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

The in­dif­fer­ence of the Kothgu­dem ther­mal power sta­tion ( KTPS) to the notices of the state Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board calls for ur­gent and strin­gent ac­tion against the pub­lic- sec­tor un­der­tak­ing (“Stream of ash”, April 16-30, 2014). The power plant, lo­cated in Kham­mam district of Andhra Pradesh, has been pol­lut­ing wa­ter streams with waste and fly ash. This is se­verely af­fect­ing not only the en­vi­ron­ment but also the health of cat­tle and people, who de­pend on the streams for drink­ing wa­ter. Con­sid­er­ing the ad­verse ef­fect the power plant has had, the ju­di­ciary must in­ter­vene and or­der the clo­sure of the plant, or else KTPS will con­tinue to make ex­cuses and shirk re­spon­si­bil­ity. Power gen­er­a­tion is im­por­tant, but not at the cost of life. D B N MURTHY Ben­galuru

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