Residents seek closure of unit
The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) has directed the Chamundeshwari Sugar Factory (Chamsugar) at Annur village in K.M. Doddi, Maddur taluk, to take steps to control the discharge of pollutants onto roads.
KSPCB’s assistant environment officer K.R. Hemalatha, who visited the factory premises following complaints by locals, directed the factory officials to follow environment regulations.
“We have collected samples of the mud and waste water from the road next to the factory for tests,” Ms. Hemalatha told The Hindu here on Friday.
According to her, the public alleged that the factory had been discharging polluted water on to the road for several days.
The KSPCB also directed the Chamundeshwari Sugar Factory not to discharge the water on to the road, the officer added.
Residents of Annur alleged that the waste water discharged from the factory was making life hell for them.
“The stench emanating from the waste water had become intolerable and was a serious health hazard,” Ramappa, a local resident, alleged.
They also requested the KSPCB to order closure of the factory. Factory officials, who were present during the inspection, promised that they would comply with the rules.