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AP CM asks PCB to make State pollution-free


Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has directed the Pollution Control Board to take necessary actions to make the State free from industrial waste and pollution. He also ordered for setting up of Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CEPT) for wastewater management in all industrial clusters to achieve international standards in pollution control. “We will make the state a leader in the country in providing pollution free climate like we did in making it ODF,” the Chief Minister said.
Addressing the concerns expressed on the Mega Food Park to be established in Tundurru, Bhimavaram Mandal in West Godavari district, the Chief Minister reiterated that his government is committed to the progress of the district and gave assurance to the people of the West Godavari district that no injustice will be done to them. “Godavari district is a leader in agricultural production, similarly, I envision making the district a leader in Industrial development as well,” he said.
The Chief Minister said the Godavari Mega Aqua Food Park is pollution-free and if it posed any environmental risk, he wouldn’t have allowed that to come up at all. He said the waste from the plant will be treated and let into the sea. The officials informed the Chief Minster that Rs 25 crore has already been spent for the establishment of the park and that it would be difficult to move the park to another location. The Chief Minister warned the officials not to bypass any pollution guidelines and said laziness of the officials will not be tolerated.
A committee with local MLA and collector has been set up to seek people’s opinions and to remove the misconceptions of the people with regard to the establishment of the mega food park. “Only through industrial development, employment can be generated. If the district has to develop, industrialization is necessary. People should be made aware of this,” the Chief Minister said. He also added that a report should be drafted on how pollution can be controlled and that it should be submitted in two to three days from now. He directed the officials to set up CETP for the treatment of Yananadurru drain along with taking up treatment of polluted waters in all canals on a war footing. He said people in West Godavari are progressive and development oriented and warned all the elements trying to create misconceptions among people. The government will not tolerate any attempt to disrupt development, he added. (NSS)

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