‘Achan underground water at 220ft is 4500 times polluted’

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed Chief Engineer Public Health Engineering to inform the public at large, and people residing around Achan dumping site in particular,  regarding turbidity and presence of other elements above the permissible and tolerance limits through print and electronic media.
The bench of Justices Hasnain Massodi and Dhiraj Singh Thakur also directed the Chief engineer to issue a warning against use of underground water around at solid landfill site for human or animal consumption.
“It would be appropriate to publish the result of the analysis as detailed in the status report in two local dailies (Urdu and English languages) for information to the general public with recommendations as regards use of underground water permissible in view of the results of the analysis,” the bench said.
In its status report, the Chief Engineer turbidity of underground water quality at the dumping site is 6190 times the maximum permissible limits.
The report said that it is 5760, 5180 and 4530 times the permissible limit at the depth of 110 feet, 160 feet and 220 feet respectively.
“It transpires that even at the depth of 220 feet turbidity of water is four and a half thousand times the permissible tolerance limit. In other word while permissible limit of turbidity are 10, the turbidity detected at 220 feet depth is 4500.”