KSPCB tells graphite production generates large amounts of fine graphite soot which is released into the atmosphere each day. This is fine enough for it to not be very visible, yet is breathed by – not just the Graphite India employees, but – all the daily commuters, residents and businesses around the vicinity of Graphite India. While the National Limit on RSPM is 60 microgram per cubic-meter; Graphite India produces a whopping 159 when measured in the vicinity! This has resulted in more than 110% increase in pollution levels in the area over the past 15 years alone.
Graphite India, a 50-year-old industry is facing the ire of citizens, has run into fresh trouble after the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) inspection showed lapses in measures taken by Graphite India to reduce air quality.
On an inspection of the industry, the Chairman of KSPCB, Lakshman said that the factory had only partially adhered with the orders of the Karnataka State Appellate Court in 2012. While sensors are not recording the actual values of pollution, the roof and the side panels along the walls of the factory are broken at a key part of the factory, which is allowing for ‘fugitive’ dust to escape and the pollution levels appeared high in the vicinity of the factory. Other measures to control pollution are also been not taken.
A nearby hospital cleaning crew showed carbon soot from the factory wafting into the hospital to the inspecting authorities.
After monitoring the air quality index with their mobile phones, the KSPCB authorities came to the conclusion that the factory should be shut down. Local residents, under the banner of Whitefield Rising, along with Bengaluru Central MP P.C.Mohan urged the KSPCB to take action.
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