The harmful impact of pharmaceutical product manufacturing on the environment is well acknowledged. However, because it is primarily uncontrolled, the severely harmful impact on both animals and humans continues unabated.
The Bulk Drug Manufacturers Association (BDMA) claims that pharma firms’ industrial pollution in and around Hyderabad is minor, as evidenced by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). According to CPCB figures, there was a significant reduction in air pollution throughout industrial corridors in Hyderabad during the state government’s recent lockdowns.
Eshwar Reddy, Executive Director of BDMA, his thoughts:
Since the lockdown was imposed, industrial regions such as Bollaram Industrial Development Area (IDA), University of Hyderabad, ICRISAT at Patancheru, IDA Pashamylaram, and Sanathnagar have all been able to breathe freely.
Previously, the state pollution control board and the federal pollution control board accused the bulk medication and pharmaceutical businesses of generating large-scale air pollution. However, once the state government imposed a lockdown, the air quality in and around the industrial regions where the bulk drug pharma businesses are located has drastically improved in just six days. While pharma companies are operating full-time, the Air Quality Index (AQI) has improved dramatically, according to recent indices released by the central pollution control board,” said the executive director, refuting earlier allegations of pollution caused by the pharma industries by the state pollution control board and other NGOs.
He observed that, while automotive emissions account for the majority of air pollution, PCB officials, environmental regulators, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) blame industrial emissions.
Due to the dramatic drop in vehicular traffic, vehicular PM2.5 emissions in Hyderabad decreased by 54% compared to average traffic emissions during the lockdown time. For years, everyone has assumed that the emissions from bulk medicine and other pharmaceutical firms are to blame for the air pollution in and around Hyderabad.
We’d like to point out that today’s pharma industry has installed cutting-edge technology, and industrial pollution from bulk pharmaceutical companies is almost non-existent,” Eshwar Reddy observed.
This implies that appropriate control and treatment procedures are in place and that the medicine and pharma sector does not pollute the environment. Vehicle pollution, untreated sewage discharge into aquatic bodies, and improper collection and handling of solid wastes could contribute to poor environmental quality during normal times.