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Save Jharsuguda – The Power Hub of Eastern India!
Industrial activities like coal mining, generation of power from thermal power plants, etc. have led to high levels of pollution in the water bodies that are the lifelines of Jharsuguda district. People are extremely reliant on the polluted water for their livelihood. Consumption and use of this polluted water leads to several health problems. Main sources of livelihood like agriculture and fisheries have been also severely affected.
A number of power plants in the area have been found to release toxic untreated effluents that pollute the water resources. The Badleko River which originates from Chhattisgarh is no longer a lifeline. In fact it has become the opposite, acting as a pollution hazard to local water bodies like the Mahanadi River. The river’s sorry state has also severely affected the agrarian economy of the area. Many opencast mines of the MCI have polluted several water bodies in their vicinity. There is also severe depletion of groundwater and this has adversely affected the lives of people, flora and fauna
Save Jharsuguda – There has been a constant tussle between water conservationists and power plant authorities over allegations and counter-allegations regarding the pollution of water bodies. The State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) has also been largely ineffective in this regard and many of the complaints of the public have fallen on deaf ears. In 2011, the CPCB (Central Pollution Control Board) and the Environment Ministry declared that the Jharsuguda-Rengali area of Odisha had crossed the danger level of pollution, mostly due to flouting of pollution norms by the corporate sector. Despite new powers given to the SPCB by the Ministry to tackle the issue, the authorities seem to be least interested in doing so.
Questions are being raised by the concerned public as to why the government has allowed the setting up of so many highly polluting industries in such a concentrated area.
The public feel that there is a clear lack of monitoring of industries in the area, and this has compounded the pollution problem coupled with environmental negligence by the company officials in charge of the plants and mines