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Marri Adithya Reddy
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Pollution And Drought Looms Over Tandur
Surrounded by several granite, limestone and cement units, pollution concerns have long been part of life in Tandur. In fact, one of the biggest contributors to pollution are the cement manufacturing units that have already been subject to scrutiny by the Central Pollution Control Board(CPCB) last year, who directed three cement manufacturing units in Tandur and its surrounding areas to shut down their operations for being unable to meet with the emissions standards set by them.
The town’s air quality and pollution index (AQI) is already quite unhealthy on an average and the constant traffic congestions additionally contributing to the pollution aren’t helping the current circumstances. Protecting clean air means putting in place a smart transportation plan across the district — an urgent requirement that hasn’t been implemented in Tandur.
Air quality isn’t the only issue wreaking environmental havoc on the town.According to a groundwater department report earlier this year, the ground water table in the Vikarabad district has diminished up to 20 meters in 30 percent area of the district causing much concern if water conservation measures are not taken immediately. Ever since, farmers have been advised to raise only dry crops and make use of sprinklers and drip-irrigation as a precautionary measure to alleviate the stress from the groundwater table.
Tandur is at a dangerous crossroads — our lands and natural resources are being contaminated with impure air and our lakes and water tables are slowly disappearing. Too often, the drinking water is unsafe, making our kids sick. It’s more important now than ever to restore balance and common sense to our natural resources management.
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