Industrialization is a curse for Jammu

Young Bites. Dated: 7/5/2019 10:23:52 AM

BHARAT BHUSHAN Jammu, July 4 Industrialization in any part of the world is considered as key to growth and prosperity of that region which generates employment avenues for the local residents hence improves the economical heath of a particular country, state or city. But if the norms for the establishment of a particular industry are not adopted it can become a curse instead of boon. Similar is the story of many of the Industrial Estates established in Jammu region which are turning to be curse than a boon for the locals as well as for the environment. Everybody today is concerned to the rising pollution but in Jammu those at the helm of affairs are least bothered regarding the rising environmental pollution. With the water crisis deepening following which Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, has made a humble appeal to the citizens to save water and adopt measures to harvest rain water during his last address to the nation through “Man Ki Baat”. There is a great demand of water in industries and the industrial sector offers great opportunities to conserve water. The economy in water-use in this sector will have two benefits. Firstly, the saved water may be used to meet the demand in other sectors. Secondly, the effluents thrown in the water bodies will be less. Water in most industries is used for cooling purposes, thus, it is not necessary to use fresh potable water. Instead, the recycled water may be used for this purpose. By using the recycled water over and over again, fresh water can be conserved. Demand of water for domestic use can also be reduced. For example, in most urban areas about 12.5 litres of water is used in one flushing. In some cities cisterns requiring only 5 to 7 litres of water in one flushing are now used which should now be made mandatory in every household. It has been reliably learnt that the water used in almost all the industrial areas of Jammu region is potable water and majority of industries don’t have water treatment plants and those having are lying defunct which has increased the water demand in industrial areas manifold. The more consumption of water by industries means contribution of more effluents to the water bodies which is pure wastage of water. Moreover, the effluents thrown to water bodies are badly affecting the local environment. To quote with village Tanda in Samba district near industrial area is a glaring example of industrial pollution, land of which now has turned barren due to effluents from pesticide industries established in Samba industrial estate. Tanda was once producing vegetables which were supplied to four districts including Kathua, Samba, Jammu and Udhampur. It is just a tip of the iceberg there are many other examples which can prove that industrialistaion has turned curse for the localites. The State Pollution Control Board which is a toothless tiger should be given powers enough to control air and water pollution by industries.


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