On Tuesday, Puducherry Welfare and Labour Minister, M Kandasamy, said that a committee would soon inspect industries on the outskirts of the territory to check if they were adopting measures to prevent pollution. The committee would function under his leadership.
He also said that if the industries are causing environmental pollution and posing a threat to the health of the people, the government will not hesitate to close them.
He gave these statements while replying to E.Theepanjaan (Cong) during the question hour. Members of the ruling Congress had complained of “uncontrolled drawal” of underground water by some industries. They had also pointed towards the lack of steps taken by the industries to prevent environmental pollution.
The Speaker, V Vaithilingam, also said that the Public Accounts Committee and Estimate Committee could also inspect industries causing pollution and take action against them.
Kandasamy welcomed the speaker’s suggestion and said that he would head a committee of officials to inspect the industries causing pollution. He also added that if they were found to be a source of threat to the health of the people, they would order the closure of their units.