‘12,000 acres of land will be affected by Pharma City project’

A round table conference organised by an NGO on Wednesday resolved to oppose the proposed Pharma City planned at Mucherla by the Telangana government. “The setting up of Greenfield Pharma City is nothing but shifting of polluting industries from one area to another. A new virgin land of 12,000 acres will be affected,” said Lubna Sarwath of Save Our Urban Lakes, setting the tone for the discussion in the city.

“We need to ask about the necessity of the Pharma City. There will be no new employment. The common effluent treatment plant will not work as a cocktail of chemicals discharged from various pharma companies will have a dynamic composition. In the end, it will end up being dumped somewhere else as is being done now,” said Babu Rao, an activist from Tarnaka.

Chalking out a plan to mobilise public opinion, Saraswathi, who has been raising her voice on similar civic issues, said: “The government is choosing to look the other way when industries are polluting the land. The Greenfield project will have the same regulators and another 10 villages will be affected. It will turn the land toxic. We have to mobilise public opinion using social media to stop this project.”

“The area near Patancheru and Ameenpur lake has a horrible smell. But there is a general apathy among the public about it and they tolerate it. Unless people want to solve their problems and rise against pollution, this will go on,” said Shilpa Krishna, who is studying the issue of pollution as part of her sociology project.

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