APPCB orders Amara Raja Batteries to shut down its units in Chittoor district

The AP Pollution Control Board (APPCB) has asked the Amara Raja Batteries to close their production facilities in Karakambadi and Nunegundlapalli in the Chittoor district for “disregarding standards”.

In its orders on Friday, the APPCB accused the company of polluting the surrounding air, which resulted in almost all employees and people in the surrounding villages having high levels of lead in their blood and untreated wastewater in the sewers and untreated wastewater in the storm sewers and causes soil pollution.

The APPCB stated in its notices that if the polluting units continued to operate even after their orders were received, punitive action would be taken against the company under the Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act of 1974 and Air (Prevention &) Act Pollution Control, 1981.

AP Southern Power Distribution Company Limited was instructed to cut power to both units.

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