BHOPAL: The civic body is working round-the-clock to ensure compliance of Supreme Court order to provide clean drinking water to 20 more colonies affected due to chemical contamination.

A team from the Indian Institute of Toxicological Research (IITR), Lucknow, will conduct an assessment for two days beginning from Thursday. In a recent interim order, the apex court acknowledged water in 20 more colonies has become affected due to spread of chemical waste and had asked the IITR to carry out sampling of groundwater in these areas.

 

Toxic waste dumped at certain areas inside and outside the abandoned Union Carbide factory is suspected to be the root cause of environmental disaster. Over the years, number of colonies where groundwater is deemed unsafe for drinking has gone up from 22 to 42.

To overcome serious public health concern for residents in surrounding areas, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) was directed to provide clean drinking water to affected areas. Bhopal Group for Information and Action (BGIA), a member of the monitoring committee appointed by the Supreme Court, representatives alleged that the civic body had submitted an affidavit in the apex court claiming that all the 20 new colonies have been linked to direct clean water supply piped connections.

However, with work yet to be completed ahead of IITR experts' visit on Thursday, the BMC is working overtime to complete the task.

Public health hazard due to water contamination can damage brain, lungs, kidneys and liver and cause cancer, warn experts.