The BJP today accused the Jharkhand government of failing to control the rising levels of environmental pollution.
"The situation in the mineral-rich Jharkhand was turning bad to worse due to indifferent approach of the State Pollution Board at state level and the district pollution committees at the district level," senior BJP leader Saryu Roy told reporters here.
Citing a recent government survey, he said that six out of 43 places in the country identified as 'critically polluted' were from Jharkhand with Dhanbad being the most critical in the state.
The pollution level particularly in coal and iron-ore dominated region including Badajamda in West Singhbhum, Ramgarh, Kandra in Saraikela-kharswan district were also included in the 'critically polluted' list, Roy said.
Expressing concern over the increasing pollution, he said pollution level has come to an extent that it is endangering human lives.
Labourers engaged in coal and iron-ore mines or industries producing quartz dust are affected by severe diseases while cases of throat infection and respiratory problems were increasing, he said.
Claiming that air, water and surface pollution was increasing rapidly, the BJP leader alleged the state government was encouraging industries to draw river water from places at their will in violation the provisions of national water policy.