Report by the Telangana State Pollution Control Board on measures to control air pollution in Tandur, Vikarabad district, Telangana, 28/10/2020
Report of the Telangana State Pollution Control Board in Original Application No. 195 of 2016 filed by Tandur Citizens Welfare Society, Tandur, Vikarabad district.
A Joint Committee constituted by the orders of the NGT gave a number of recommendations to combat the problem of air pollution in Tandur. The Committee recommended that the government should hasten the process of constructing a by-pass road in Tandur town to avoid the large movement of heavy vehicles, which is one of the main sources of air pollution in Tandur town. The revenue divisional officer (RDO), Tandur informed that land acquisition for the proposed by-pass road is completed.
The District Collector and Magistrate directed the RDO, Tandur to identify land required for disposal of stone chips and sludge on a permanent basis. With respect to the possibility of allocation of about 300 acres of land for relocation of all stone cutting and polishing units outside the Tandur town as a long term measure to prevent the air pollution in the town. The RDO informed that a large extent of vacant land to an extent of 390 acres in the Gingurthy village falling outside the limits of municipality was identified long back and is still available for the purpose.
Much of the sludge and part of the stone chips were being consumed by the local sub-industries for manufacturing of gypsum and for other allied utilities. The areas so identified for dumping will act as a central place for both storing and lifting operations of waste for the stakeholders. The report mentioned that roads are being regularly cleaned manually and the Municipal Commissioner, Tandur has sent proposals for sweeping machines. Water tankers were being used for sprinkling of water on roads.
These were some of the measures mentioned in the Telangana State Pollution Control Board report to combat air pollution in Tandur municipality.