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The HP State Pollution Control Board failed to nail down the free flow of industrial effluents polluting the drinking water in the down streams as local resident’s of Sirmaur complaint.
More than half dozen residents of Ambwala, Sainwala, Moginand etc falling downstream of Kala Amb industrial area in Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh alleged that their cattle were under the spate of various water borne diseases. They were facing the apathy of State Pollution Board which could not force the paper units and pharmacy firms to release their industrial effluents after treating it in sewerage treatment plants as many of them were openly flouting the norms.
Villagers lament that they were becoming victims of various skin diseases as they have to use the polluted water of this river for bathing and washing clothes daily.
Now the villagers viz. Mr. Asha Ram, Kundan Singh, Prem Singh, Hari krishan, Roop Ram etc. urged the district administration Sirmaur and State Pollution Board to take the sample of effluents for testing the level of pollution as many industries have virtually converted Markanda river into sewerage pool engendering lives of animals and human beings.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Sirmaur Mr. Manmohan Sharma told that after having complaints from the villagers, the administration will act swiftly taking action on the industrialists if found guilty of contaminating the rivers with its industrial waste and chemical effluents form their units.