E-toxic trail

Mo­rad­abad's e-waste dis­man­tling and re­cy­cling in­dus­try has se­verely pol­luted the Ram­ganga river, finds a new CSE study

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“Fifty per cent of all pcbs used in In­dia end up in Mo­rad­abad. The city gets about nine tonnes of e-waste each day,”says Deepak Agar­wal,Mo­rad­abad's dis­trict mag­is­trate.

Health im­pact

Charu Gang­war, a re­searcher work­ing on ewaste at Mo­rad­abad’s In­sti­tute of For­eign Trade and Man­age­ment (iftm) Univer­sity, says that all e-waste re­cy­cling ac­tiv­i­ties along the ghats of the Ram­ganga release gases,acid so­lu­tions,toxic smoke and ash.Th­ese con­tain heavy met­als which are dan­ger­ous to the en­vi­ron­ment and can cause se­ri­ous ail­ments,in­clud­ing can­cer.Chem­i­cals from e-waste can also pass through the ground and con­tam­i­nate the soil and ground­wa­ter,she adds.

“High lev­els of mer­cury and ar­senic can lead to chronic poi­son­ing. Tests to de­tect such poi­son­ing are usu­ally ex­pen­sive and

Pre­cious met­als are ex­tracted from cir­cuit boards by treat­ing them with acid. This is done along the Ram­ganga, con­tam­i­nat­ing the wa­ter

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