The Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board (MPPCB) on Tuesday sent notices to Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) and A2Z Company, the firm responsible for processing municipal waste in Indore, over the alarming levels of pollution recorded in the vicinity of Devguradiya trenching site.
Admitting to have received the notice, Asad Warsi, the consultant of solid waste management for IMC, said, “The IMC has received a notice on Tuesday. It states that the municipal corporation has to look into the grievances of the people and act accordingly.”
A week ago, Hindustan Times published a series of stories to address the issue of alarming levels of air and ground water pollution affecting thousands of lives in the area.
The pollution control board then conducted air quality test in the area again, which revealed that the air quality in the vicinity has worsened after the fire mishap at the processing plant recently. “The air quality has worsened by 250%,” said MPPCB's Indore lab head, Dr DK Waghela.
The processing plant was reduced to ashes after a huge fire broke out on May 17 last. Since then, garbage dumped at the site is not being processed. Earlier, the chief scientist had also warned people not to drink water from the tube wells in the area, as the ground water has turned hazardous.
Meanwhile, the Indore Municipal Corporation sources said, "A strong thought to terminate all kind of agreements related to solid waste management signed with A2Z Company is being propagated by a number of health officials of the corporation."