Cancer, pregnancy loss on rise near SIPCOT compelx: Study
Chennai, Sep 27 (UNI) Cancer, pregnancy loss and respiratory
ailments are on the rise among the people living in and around
SIPCOT Industrial Complex Cuddalore, according to an expert pannel
which conducted a study and public hearing at Cuddalore.
Briefing the findings of the study at a press conference here
today, the pannel comprising Queen Mary's College Department of
Sociology Head Prof R Saraswathi (Retd), Madras Institute of
Developmental Studies Prof S Janakrajan and Chennai Community Health
Cell Public Health Specialist Dr Rakhal Gaithonde said the
environment in and around Cuddalore had become highly toxic making
the life of the villagers miserable.
Criticising the Tamil Nadu Government and Tamil Nadu Pollution
Control Board (TNPCB) for turning a blind eye to the problem,
they said lack of monitoring and laxity from both the Government and
TNPCB paved way for the chemical industries in the area, in blatant
violation of pollution control norms.
"The companies just for the name sake follow certain pollution
control norms, but the air and water samples collected from the area
clearly show high toxic levels. The ecology has been completely
damaged. Fish with physical deformity were found in the near by
river", they added.
Dr Rakhal Gaithonde said the villagers were frequently
complaining of skin itching, breathlessness, tightness in chest,
headache, stomach ulcers, nausea, burning sensation in eyes, asthma,
white discharge and excessive bleeding (for women) and jaundice.
"The air has become so toxic that a new visitor to the place can
easily feel suffocation and nausea", he added.
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