Chief Minister N Rangaswamy had criticised industries violating the pollution control norms and not adhering to the standards of pollution control, while directing the Pondicherry Pollution Control Committee to inspect the offenders and take appropriate actions against them.
Speaking at the World Environment Day function and workshop on e-waste management at the Department of Science, Technology and Environment, Rangaswamy said that without any concern for keeping the environment clean, several industries are dumping hazardous industrial waste, carried by rain water and polluting water sources.
The industries are shying away from installing devices to prevent the pollution, he pointed out.
The government is not permitting any chemical, steel industries or water intensive industries in the union territory and encouraging only green industries for industrial development, Rangaswamy added.
He took strong exception to the celebration of the function in a hotel and said that the function should have been conducted in a school so that students and others would have learnt about environmental protection.
Rangasamy, who released the DSTE report, suggested that it should bepublished in Tamil as well, objecting to its publication only in English. Dr S Sundaravadivelu, director, DSTE, and M Dwarakanath, secretary, DSTE, were also present.