Hyderabad: Seeing the sun out after days of heavy rains and overcast skies was a delight for many in Hyderabad. However, the euphoria has been brief, with a widespread sickening stench now turning out to be the latest bother for the city.
The pungent odour, which earlier used to trouble residents of Kukatpally, IDPL, Jeedimetla, Miyapur and Chandanagar, reportedly due to industrial pollution, is now spreading to more localities, including Banjara Hills, SR Nagar, Ameerpet and Erragadda.
“There was a similar problem last year and it escalates during winter,” said P Varun Kumar, a resident of Kukatpally. The stench, which is noticed more during the evenings, has already seen many in these areas complaining of headache, nausea and shortage of breath. Last winter too, shortage of breath and headaches were the first signs of illness due to this strong odour.
Many in the affected areas are now forced to keep their windows and doors shut after 4.30 pm to avoid the nauseating smell pervade their homes. Elderly people are among those complaining about shortage of breath, while nausea is common across ages.
However, State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) officials say the stench could be due to garbage and sewer-gas escaping from the drainage system due to the rains. “We have not received any complaints about the issue so far but this could be due to accumulated garbage and sewer-gas escaping from the drainage system after the rains,” P Satyanarayana, Member-Secretary, TSPCB, said, adding that in case the smell was from the industries, PCB’s patrolling teams would identify the culprits immediately.
“This problem usually occurs when there is a failure in the scrubbers or other filters that let out chemical emissions from industries. In winter, the problem increases because gas emissions do not dissipate as quickly as in other weather conditions and drifts with the breeze to a wider area,” N Raveendher, a senior environmentalist, said.