The Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB), seized a tanker late on Friday night, that was allegedly headed to dump toxic industrial waste into Hyderabad's main water body.
Authorities carried out a planned operation, and intercepted the tanker at Choutuppal, along with senior PCB officials and the police.
The tanker was transporting 10 to 20 kilolitres of untreated effluents, and officials suspected that it was going to dump it in the Musi river.
The team found the tanker moving toward Pedda Amberpet, and chased it for 6 km, before intercepting it. They found that the waste was discharged from Ortin Laboratories located in Malkapuram, Choutuppal.
PCB officials said that the driver did not have any documents for transporting the waste, and admitted upon interrogation, that it was his third time committing the violation.
The tanker was seized and is currently kept in the premises of the Jeedimetla Effluent Treatment Limited (JETL) for further enquiry.
The Deccan Chronicle reported that the company was established in 2006 as a 'zero discharge plant.
“Every morning near Naglore bridge where this truck was caught, many septic tank trucks dispose of fecal waste. Musi’s dissolved oxygen levels which are necessary for any kind of life, will be greatly impacted,” environmentalist B.V. Subba Rao told DC.
The PCB said that it had decided to close the violating industry immediately, and appealed to all the citizens to bring such illegal activities to their notice.