Uranium in water in 13 districts of Punjab, people getting sick


Chandigarh (Handa): Uranium or other arsenic substances were found in groundwater in about 13 districts of Malwa belt of Punjab, a public interest litigation was filed 9 years ago. Hearing this, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had also issued guidelines to the government, making scathing comments several times, but the situation has not improved yet and people are suffering from diseases due to continuous drinking of uranium-rich water. Are.
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Jalandhar resident K.S. Taking cognizance of the letter sent by Nagra, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued the January 14 notice to the Punjab government. A division bench of Chief Justice Ravi Shankar Jha and Justice Rajiv Sharma has sought a response from the Punjab government on this petition while enclosing the petition with a public interest petition under consideration for almost 9 years. In a letter written on the basis of a report published in the media, Nagra said that uranium and other arsenic substances have been found in ground water in 504 residential areas of Punjab, which are harmful to people’s health.

Higher quantity of selenium in water in Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Nawanshahar
According to the letter, 0.14 Mg / 1 of a substance called selenium has been found in water in the areas of Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Nawanshahar etc. in Doaba region, while it is 0.01 Mg. Exceeding can cause problems such as blood pressure, vomiting-diarrhea, abdominal pain and hair loss etc. Similarly, 217 in Fazilka, 203 in Moga, 115 in Barnala and 139 in Ferozepur, the excess of uranium in water is causing problems for people’s health. Referring to a study in the letter, Nagra has said that according to this study, drinking water in 18 districts of the state is not suitable for people’s health.
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It is worth noting that recently, due to non-availability of uranium-free water in the Malwa region, the High Court had ordered the Punjab government to make uranium-free water available to the people by forming a committee of Principal Secretaries of various departments. The High Court has ordered the secretaries of the local bodies department, irrigation and water resources, water supply and sanitation, energy and finance departments to be included in this committee.


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