RS panel unhappy with pollution control measures

October 16, 2016 07:56 pm | Updated 07:56 pm IST

VISAKHAPATNAM: Rajya Sabha Committee on Subordinate Legislation Chairman T. Subbarami Reddy on Sunday expressed unhappiness over initiatives taken by major industries in the city on waste management for disposal of electronic, plastic and other wastes and not adhering to emission parameters.

During a review meeting with the officials here, he and other members of the committee directed the PSUs to take fool-proof mechanism for waste management and pollution control. The panel also interacted with representatives from private industries, public sector banks and Central government offices.

Later, he told reporters that they were not fully satisfied with the measures taken by the PSUs to check pollution. Despite rapid industrialisation, the measures initiated to control pollution were not satisfactory.

Mr. Reddy said that management of VPT had stated that they had spent Rs.250 crore on modernisation of the port facilities to reduce pollution level. He said despite this, the extent of air pollution was still a grave issue.

The members discussed with the banks on natural calamities and adhere to KYC norms. Referring to counterfeit notes, they wanted a special tab on nationals of Bangladesh and Pakistan involved in fake currency rackets.

Mr. Reddy, who earlier visited Homi Bhabha Caner Hospital and Research Centre at Aganampudi, said it would be completed next year. He said the hospital would provide free treatment to 10,000 patients per year.

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