The Uttar Pradesh pollution control board (UPPCB) on Wednesday said that it has asked the central pollution control board (CPCB) and Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) to determine contamination of groundwater in the villages of Greater Noida.
The UPPCB wrote to the Centre for a detailed study, after villagers alleged that the groundwater was so contaminated that it was causing cancer. Villagers alleged that cases of cancer were on the rise in Sadopur, Achheja, Sadullapur, Bishnuli, Dujana and Chhaprolla villages.
Around 100 villagers have died due to cancer in the last six years. The groundwater has become polluted as various industries dump their waste without treating it.
The Gautam Budh Nagar regional pollution control board in its study had found that the ground water was not contaminated and fit for drinking after slight purification.
“The UP government has requested central agencies like CPCB and IITR to conduct a study and find out if the ground water is polluted,” said Chander Kant, district magistrate Gautam Budh Nagar.
According to the officials of the UPPCB study, the groundwater at Greater Noida villages including Badalpur and Khera Dharampura located on NH-91, were high in total dissolved solids (TDS) and rock salts.
“The groundwater here is fit for drinking because TDS and rock salts get cleaned after a minor process of purification. We want to find out whether cancer causing toxins like hexavalent chromium and lead exist in the water,” said a senior UPPCB, on condition of anonymity.
According to district administration report, there are 36 cancer patients in 1 lakh population that lives in these six villages.
“Many experts and agencies are conducting their study into ground water to find out what is leading to cancer. Also, if we assess the data, the situation is not alarming or abnormal,” said Chander Kant.
Six Greater Noida villages have cancer patients
Villages located on NH-91 that connects Ghaziabad with Bulandshahr
Population: 1 lakh
Total patients: 36
However, villagers claim around 100 died because of cancer in 5-6 years