Union Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs K V Thomas on Sunday stressed on the need to initiate steps to create awareness among the people on pollution hazards and implementation of pollution control norms. He said this after inaugurating the Periyar river monitoring station set up at Eloor.
“Updating industrial technology is crucial for pollution control. Though we have strict guidelines issued by the Union Government, in some cases we will not be able to enact them. If those laws are strictly enforced, a majority of the industrial units will have to shut down,” the minister said. Thomas also blamed the local bodies for not taking adequate pollution control measures.
“Not only the industrial units, but also the local bodies in the area are responsible for increasing pollution level in Periyar. They should be ready to take preventive measures for illegal waste dumping at the river,” he added. Minister of Co-operation C N Balakrishnan, Works Minister V K Ibrahim Kunju and Pollution Control Board chairman K Sajeevan were also present on the occasion.
Though the State Pollution Control Board has finally launched the river monitoring station at Eloor on Sunday, green activists have come up with their concerns over the fruition of the system implemented.
As per the new system, the equipment will check the river and water quality and the results will be displayed at the board installed at the AFCT junction.
The green activists and environmentalists said the quality-measuring equipment and censors are placed in areas far away from the industrial units and polluted areas. For instance, censors for detecting water quality are installed at the Periyar in areas which are far away from the discharge point of the industrial units.