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Villagers protest against rise in industrial pollution

Excelsior Correspondent

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.

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