Source: The Pioneer, Ghaziabad, May, 2017 :- A village in Hapur district of Western Uttar
Pradesh has become a nightmare for its dwellers as 11 people had died during
the last 21 days because of cancer. Allahbaksh Village is situated near Ganga
River and according to environmentalists the groundwater here is heavily contaminated.
It contains arsenic at dangerous levels and is causing cancer to the
inhabitants of this village. With the rate of cancer-affected patients
increasing rapidly in the village, the environmentalists have raised a red
flag.“Apart from the 11 deaths, there are nine others from this village who are
suffering from cancer. They are undergoing treatment but their condition is
deteriorating with every passing day,” said noted environmentalist Professor
Abbas Ali.Prof Ali claimed that the dyeing units operating alongside river
Ganges are disturbing groundwater. The villagers have no other option than to
drink and use this polluted water in the absence of any alternative for the
clean drinking water. “There are many dyeing units near this village and chemicals
being used by the unit seep into the ground and is solely responsible for the
contamination of the groundwater,” said Ali.