No measures taken to save residents from pollution, says CPI State secretary
60 activists of CPI taken into custody for staging demonstrations
APPCB indifferent to plight of the public, alleges Narayana
VISAKHAPATNAM: The Communist Party of India (CPI) organised a protest rally and staged demonstrations at the Visakhapatnam port and Gangavaram port against pollution caused by handling cargoes like iron ore, coking coal and fertilisers at these ports without proper pollution control measures.
CPI State secretary K. Narayana and district secretary J.V Satyanarayana Murthy led the rally and took part in the demonstration. The police took them into custody along with 60party activists at both the ports, as they tried to disrupt the activities.
Mr. Narayana said the city was engulfed by the pollution caused by the port and several other industries and nocontrol measures were being taken despite the hazards posed to public health.
The entire city, particularly the old city, was enveloped in coal dust and yet the Visakhapatnam Port Trust and Gangavaram port authorities carried on business as usual, he alleged. The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board was utterly indifferent to the plight of the public and it was not compelling the port authorities - both the public sector Vizag port as well as private port at Gangavaram - to take uppollutionmitigation measures, he charged.
The CPI leader revealed that his party was carrying out a campaign against pollution caused byboth ports and other industries and would mobilise public support for the cause.
Though economic and industrial activity was important, it should not be at the cost of public health, he said. Technologies were available to curb pollution and they should be adopted, even if it meant additional expenditure.
AP Mahila Samakhya district secretary A. Vimala, CPI city assistant secretary M. Pydiraju, and others took part in the rally.
CPI city secretary A.J. Stalin, B. Venkatarao, K. Satyanarayana and others were arrested after the demonstrations at Gangavaram port.