Forum for Better Visakha (FBV) convener E.A.S. Sarma has threatened to approach court and served a notice against contamination of water body by the Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City in Parawada mandal.
In a notice served to Chief Secretary P. Ramakanth Reddy, copies of which were sent to all others concerned, he said an offence under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 was being committed by the Pharma City in E-Bonangi village by unauthorised release of hazardous chemical wastes to contaminate water bodies that include the Uracheruvu near Tanam. This is causing health-endangering pollution and affecting the agricultural activity that provides livelihood to the local community. The authorities concerned as well as the district authorities had deliberately and knowingly acquiesced in the company continuing to commit the illegalities to the detriment of public safety and welfare in violation of the various provisions of the Environment Protection Act, 1986 and other regulations and orders issued by the Supreme Court and other courts, he stated.
Mr. Sarma, a former IAS officer, said “I hereby give notice of 60 days, under Section 19 (b) of Environment Protection Act, 1986, of my intention to file a complaint in the Court against the concerned regulatory authorities at the Centre and in the State of AP as well as Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma City company for violation of the provisions of the Environment Protection Act of 1986 and the Rules and Regulations issued there under.”
He also enclosed copies of a resolution dated August 26 released by FBV in the public domain and a subsequent press release dated December 2 issued by FBV to the citizens to take part in a field visit to Pharma City on December 3 and a statement dated December 3 placed in the public domain, based on a visit to and inspection of Uracheruvu and interaction with the villagers of Tanam nearby in the presence of several senior citizens of the district.