Himachal Pradesh: Cancer causing particles found in ground water

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Are you dreaming of visiting the valleys of Himachal? Wait a minute! Amidst the beauty of the mountains and the cold breeze, shocking news has come to light. Such information has been received from a place in Himachal Pradesh, which can spoil your travel plans. A recent study has revealed that cancer-causing elements have been found in the groundwater of this city.

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Researchers at IIT Mandi have found that cancer-causing particles are present in the groundwater of Baddi-Barotiwala, an industrial city in Himachal Pradesh. According to the research, several cases of cancer and kidney disease have been reported between 2013 and 2018 due to contaminated groundwater. Researchers have emphasized monitoring industrial pollutants like zinc, lead, nickel, and chromium.

What did the study say?

The study says, "In India, groundwater is used heavily for agriculture and domestic consumption. Rapid urbanization, industrialization, and population growth have led to increased groundwater use and deterioration in quality. Serious water quality problems have emerged in northern India. Similar problems have been observed in the Baddi-Barotiwala Industrial City in Himachal Pradesh, where industrialization has contaminated groundwater with toxic metals that have exceeded permissible limits. Several cases of cancer and kidney disease have been reported between 2013 and 2018 due to reliance on untreated groundwater.