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, 2015
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Silver-plating units accused of dumping waste into drains

Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2015

Local activists here accused small factories involved in silver-plating and manufacturing silver anklets of discharging untreated waste containing highly toxic chemicals, adding that the local administration's failure to counter this problem has imperiled the lives of people in the surrounding areas as the waste flows directly into Gokul barrage, which releases water for Agra. There are around 400 units in the city, primarily at the Chowk and Holi Gate. After the thin rods of silver are weaved into patterns, it is washed in sulphuric acid. But activists complain that these units directly discharge the harmful waste into the drain that is connected to the river, a claim backed by Ram Prasad, a silver polisher working in one of the several units at the Chowk. Prasad says there are some factories which use bore wells to dump the waste.

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