Graphite from Graphite India in your lungs

Pollution by Graphite India
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Graphite India, present in Whitefield, processes graphite daily in huge quantities which releases a large amount of fine graphite soot into the atmosphere. This is fine enough for it to not be very visible, yet is breathed by, not just the Graphite India employees, but, all the daily commuters, residents and businesses around the vicinity of Graphite India. And with ITPL and other business parks in the area, daily commuters are ever increasing (with the current numbers close to almost 1.2 Lakhs per day using the road in front of Graphite India). All these citizens are exposed to this soot. This is exacerbated by the wind. Wind blows in East wards for about 6 months, during which a health care center (RxDx which sees 300-400 patients daily), a couple of business centers and a few residential communities are directly exposed. Remaining months, the wind is North-by-Northeast, thus impacting a couple of schools and many residential communities.  Numerous cities have banned or moved graphite processing units away from residential and civic centers

Over the past few years, this issue has been raised numerous times and KSPCB has passed rulings that Graphite India needs to move/passed other reduction mandates. However, neither has happened and the court case hasn’t reached a satisfactory conclusion
Hear this from RxDx
1) The patients are complaining
2) The floors are black and slippery again, patients are slipping on them
3) The children’s play area is black and unsafe for kids
4) The cafeteria on the 5th floor has black soot in all the food
5) The staff is complaining of cough and lung problems
Graphite India needs to work with adequate filters or find alternative premises. Enough is enough.
Whitefield cannot tolerate this any more.

Write to hello@whitefieldrising.org if you want to connect with the group that is working on this issue. Join them, support them.

Ritu George

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5 Responses to “Graphite from Graphite India in your lungs”

  1. Angeline 20 August 2014 at 7:23 pm #

    I spent a night in the Rxdx hospital with my daughter. Obviously being a stressful night was roaming the corridors of the pediatric ward. The janitorial staff was cleaning up the floor, scrubbing it actually, and scrubbing it so hard… PITCH BLACK soot. The hospital has put in filters and all sorts of preventive measures but the challenge they are facing is immense… The night staff told me it’s a battle they are fighting to keep each of their patients healthy and without each of us local residents helping them this will remain an issue ignored. I wonder how much each of us absorb each day just living in Whitefield.

  2. smita 21 August 2014 at 6:33 am #

    I agree and we need to have stronger representation against Graphite India.

  3. lovely 22 August 2014 at 5:50 am #

    I had suffered for three years from the black dust as we had our apartment in the vicinity. I suffered from bronchitis and also the trouble of keeping my house clean as the white tiled floors would be blackened every day. If by chance i would move about bare feet, the soles of my feet would turn charcoal black. Finally, after three years, we preferred to sell the apartment and changed residence. It would be great if some step could be taken to put a stop to the menace.

  4. rajeev 22 August 2014 at 10:56 am #

    Yes, this should be resolved as early and need to have stronger group for this.

  5. Sanjeeva Reddy 6 November 2014 at 4:16 pm #

    Yes, i strongly agree with this and i can give my support when ever its required to solve this issue.