Contaminated water

Published: Monday 15 October 2001

at least 500,000 people were affected by waterborne diseases during 1995-2000 in the union territory of Pondicherry due to the lack of coordination among the government agencies. According to a report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, the quality of ground and surface water in all four regions of Pondicherry is not in accordance with the prescribed standards. The report also states that the union territory's pollution control committee has shown a lax attitude towards carrying out pollution tests. The water testing was done only when complaints were received. According to the report, the waterbodies of Pondicherry are being polluted as industries are indiscriminately dumping toxic effluents into them.

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