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Gurgaon: Vipul Lavanya Residents cry foul over smell from rubber factory

The 300 families living in the area are concerned about their health and they claim that they are suffering from skin diseases and breathing disorders because of the pollution caused by the factory.

gurgaon Updated: Jun 27, 2017 23:16 IST
Leena Dhankhar
The rubber factory in Sector 81, Gurgaon. The pollution control department officials said they have inspected the factory and it is not a polluting one.
The rubber factory in Sector 81, Gurgaon. The pollution control department officials said they have inspected the factory and it is not a polluting one.(HT Photo)

Something is rotten in the residential Sector 81, near Vipul Lavanya complex, and residents there blaming a nearby rubber factory, belonging to AKS Automotive Pvt Ltd, for fouling up the air.

Residents claim that even after several complaints to the Haryana State Pollution Control Board (HSPCB) over the last three years about the factory raising a stink, nothing has been done to clear the air .

The 300 families living in the area are concerned about their health and they claim that they are suffering from skin diseases and breathing disorders because of the pollution caused by the factory.

“The level of pollution and smell from this factory has increased over the last three years,” said Gaurav Arora, a resident.

Harjiv Rekhi, a senior MNC executive, said, “As per the HSPCB, this factory has been declared a non-polluting unit but we are unable to lead a healthy life because of the pungent smell from the factory. Also, the unit dumps waste in the open, which is illegal.”

The residents also alleged that the acrid smell of burning rubber is intolerable and dozens of residents, including children, are suffering from cough and skin infections due to the pollution.

“My daughter developed a severe cough within in one week of shifting to this place. Prior to that, she never had a cough and this can be confirmed from her medical reports. The cough lasted three weeks and, by the end of it, she had to be put on a nebulizer as she developed asthmatic symptoms,” Karuna Sharma, a resident, said.

“Our residents’ welfare association (RWA) and residents have made numerous attempts to resolve the issue with the rubber factory but they failed to reach consensus. The factory owners and the HSPCB officials are insensitive to our situation. All of our efforts have gone in vain,” Prashant Rai, who complained regarding the issue, said.

The residents also demanded that the factory be shifted from the residential area claiming that a factory licence cannot be granted near a human habitation.

“The state government should take steps to cancel the licence or shift the unit to another location,” Amit Wason, a resident, said.

However, the pollution department officials said that the unit is not a polluting one.

“We had visited the area several times and collected samples. We cannot take any action if the unit is not at fault,” said JB Sharma, regional officer, HSPCB.

The automotive company officials said they have resolved the issue.

“We had met the RWA members on Sunday and have discussed the matter with them and they were satisfied. The issue will be resolved soon,” said Anand Bhardwaj, HR official of the AKS Automotive Pvt Ltd.