Destroying waterbodies

Published: Monday 30 April 2001

a move to solve one problem, is creating another one for the Andhra Pradesh government. The Supreme Court had ordered the state governments to dispose off effluents without contaminating any waterbody. To implement this order, the Andhra Pradesh government has recently decided to lay a pipeline that would connect Hyderabad's common effluent treatment plant with a sewer that will be drained into a river body. The dilemma that now confronts the state government is the choice of the victim -- the already polluted Musi River or other waterbodies like river Manjira. The Central Pollution Control Board (cpcb) and the state pollution control board claim that Musi is already polluted and it is always better to save a river that is not polluted. "A devil of lesser evil," says T Venugopal additional director of cpcb. But environmentalists feel that this is an easy way out and the government should evolve a better solution to the problem.

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