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Andhra Pradesh: To prevent pharmaceutical effluents and untreated sewage polluting the sea coast September 25,2020   |  Source: The Times of India

The high court on Thursday directed the Pollution Control Board and the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) to take necessary steps to prevent pharmaceutical effluents and untreated sewage polluting the sea coast. Rajendra Singh, who is known as water man of India, and Bolisetty Satyanarayana moved the high court with a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to constitute an expert committee to study the effects of pollution and suggest remedial measures. The high court bench comprising Justice Rakesh Kumar and Justice J Uma Devi heard the petition on Thursday and directed the respondents to file counters. The bench also passed an interim order to take necessary action to prevent sea coast from getting polluted.

The petitioners argued that the pharmaceutical waste coming out of various industries located in Parawada Pharma City is polluting the sea water. They cited the recent death of a large number of fish at Rishikonda beach. They argued that the fish are dying because of the chemical waste being released into the sea.

The petitioners also mentioned that the surrounding water bodies have also been contaminated with chemical substances as proper care is not being taken to treat waste materials. Even the GVMC is releasing untreated sewer and

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