The state government has set up five committees to inspect whether effluents are let out by industrial units into River Cauvery and its tributaries as part of sustained efforts to prevent river water pollution.
CHENNAI: The state government has set up five committees to inspect whether effluents are let out by industrial units into River Cauvery and its tributaries as part of sustained efforts to prevent river water pollution.
TN Pollution Control Board has also lifted samples from the stretch of river from Mettur to Mayiladuthurai after an IIT Madras-led study found presence of heavy metals and high concentrations of pharmaceutically active compounds.
State minister for environment and climate change V Meyyanathan said in a statement that the committees formed on October 6 would inspect if untreated effluents are being let out into the river and its tributaries from industrial units functioning at Erode, Kumarapalayam, Pallipalayam, Karur areas. The committee has started inspection of the factories, he added. The government will also take advice from an expert committee of IIT and other experts to prevent pollution of the river due to mixing of plastic, chemical and bio waste.
The study by IIT-M detected high concentrations of pharma compounds including painkillers, caffeine and those used to treat heart blocks, high blood pressure, depression and epilepsy, and heavy metals zinc, manganese, lead, chromium, nickel, copper, aluminium, mercury, arsenic and cadmium...
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