Mission Aagaaz, the NGO that deals with environmental concerns, expressing concern over the discharge of industrial effluents into the Tung Dhab drain and its disastrous effects on human health to the extent of harmful genetic mutations, has written to K S Pannu, Chairman, Punjab Pollution Control Board, to prohibit the same.
In the letter Gurbhej Singh, General Secretary, Mission Aagaaz, said that this drain, although a rain water drain, is being used as a convenient place to discharge all type of toxic effluent by the industries along its course. “Even underground water is being drawn recklessly much beyond the sanctioned quantity,” he said.
He added that consumption of water contaminated by these effluents had led to genetic changes in the residents living along the course of this drain, according to a study got conducted through Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh.
“It will be a miserable day when handicapped children will be born in this area. Cattle that often take a dip in this drain too have contracted skin ailments and various other diseases,” he said.
He urged Pannu to order a probe and issue strict directions to the industries concerned to restrain from polluting this drain and ensure their affluent plants are run properly. “These industries may also be directed to stop depositing the fly ash and other waste along the course of Tung Dhab Drain and nearby rural areas,” said Gurbhej Singh.