TNPCB not taking complaints seriously, says CPM functionary

Even officials from Manali Zonal Corporation have written to the concerned department to act against the issue at the earliest. The official said, “It’s important to have field workers to inspect the locality and ensure no alarming situation goes unreported.”
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CHENNAI: The civic body authorities and political parties in the neighbourhood have been urging the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to regulate a system to monitor pollution level round the clock, appoint officials to inspect the locality and address the issue if any abnormal situation occurs.

“The North Chennai Thermal Power Plant Station at Ennore has two plants, of which the plant that produces 600 megawatts expired 3 years ago. It should be reconstructed as per the norms, as chemical substances like sulphur, ammonia and nitrogen emissions have exceed acceptable levels,” says A Bakkiyam, state committee member, CPM. “TNPCB does not take these issues seriously. By inhaling the toxic gas at least 30% of residents of Ennore suffer from several health complications.”

Even officials from Manali Zonal Corporation have written to the concerned department to act against the issue at the earliest. The official said, “It’s important to have field workers to inspect the locality and ensure no alarming situation goes unreported.”

When contacted, TNPCB officials said that flying squads and officials ensure that the pollution level remains within the permissible limit and industries follow government-issued directions. “We’re yet to receive complaints against a specific industry in the area. We haven’t received any complaints from the residents regarding smell due to gas leakage. If any, it will be addressed immediately.”

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