UDHAMPUR, Nov 6: The local villagers from Battal Balian today held protest against increasing pollution level in the area by Red category industrial units.
The people assembled on the main road near Industrial complex and started protest demonstration against the District Administration and Industries department. They alleged that several cement and pesticide units installed in this area are creating massive pollution.
Later, they met the District Development Commissioner, Udhampur, Ravinder Kumar and submitted a memorandum to him in this concern.
The locals projected that the Administration had committed before taking land for the development of Industries in Battal Balian in Udhampur that locals will be benefitted in big way but people have started suffering badly. A population of about 15,000 souls has been left to suffer. 15 Red category units have been installed which have created huge pollution. There is no proper check by SPCB authorities. There are three schools near the area and the District Administration has not taken care of the health condition of children and other people.
Ex-Sarpanch Rathian, Puran Chand said that Govt has permitted such harmful industries which are a great threat to the lives of people living there. He said about forty percent population of the area has been victims of various diseases like- asthma, skin diseases, eye diseases, indigestion problem.
Locals requested the Government to shift these industrial units anywhere else or close them and protect the people from the diseases.