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HC notice to Raj pollution control board on pollution in canals

Press Trust of India  |  Jodhpur 

The High Court has issued notice to the state board seeking its reply within four weeks on efforts to stop pollution in and Gang canals.

A bench of justices and issued the notice while hearing a PIL which claimed the "rampant pollution" in the canal water was posing a "severe health hazard" to people and livestock.

"This water, coming from Punjab, has been carrying industrial effluent from the tanneries, and other industries from which use Mostly, these industries are located on the banks of the rivers and the hazardous effluent of these industries is openly dropped into the rivers, said petitioner D K Gaur.

This polluted and highly toxic water is making its way to and Gang canals entering Rajasthan from Sri Ganganagar. About 19 districts, which are dependent on the water from these canals have been witnessing a spurt in the incidence of cancer, he said.

"No seriousness has been exhibited by any of the governments inspite of this water causing severe health hazards not only to the human being but cattle also," Gaur alleged.

Protests against the toxic water have also taken place in some districts, the petitioner claimed.

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First Published: Thu, August 09 2018. 21:30 IST