Cutting across party lines, leaders from all political outfits blocked the Khanna-Amloh state highway on Monday registering a protest against the setting up of a distillery in Kumbhra village.
The protestors, including residents from 12 villages, claimed that the factory would create health hazards besides polluting the environment. They demanded the government to withdraw the decision in public interest and to protect the environment.
The proposed distillery is to be set up in area of 12-km radius.
Amloh MLA Kaka Randeep Singh said that setting up the factory would affect the crops in the area and also deplete the water table.
The protest also included SAD leaders who promised others to raise the issue with the party high command. The agitators handed over a memorandum of their demand to naib tehsildhar Nirpal Singh Tiwana.
Amloh MLA Kaka Randeep Singh, Khanna MLA Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Nabha MLA Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, SGPC member Ravinder Khalsa, Aam Aadmi Party member of Parliament from Fatehgarh Sahib Harinder Singh Khalsa, SAD’s Baltej Singh along with members of BSP, CPI and Bharti Kissan Union participated in the protest.
Meanwhile, factory general manager Harish Pahwa said that the unit would pose no threat to the environment and that the protesters were misguiding the public.
The protestors blocked the road for an hour forcing traffic to be diverted through alternative routes.