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Public hearing on setting up of distillery turns into protest

A massive public protest was witnessed at a public hearing on the proposed setting up of a 'green distillery' by Sawera Beverages Private Limited at Hirawali village in Fazilka, on Saturday. The meeting was held by officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) representatives to invite public views on the plant.

punjab Updated: Dec 15, 2013 10:35 IST
HT Correspondent

A massive public protest was witnessed at a public hearing on the proposed setting up of a 'green distillery' by Sawera Beverages Private Limited at Hirawali village in Fazilka, on Saturday.


The meeting was held by officials of the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) representatives to invite public views on the plant.

However, no sooner than the meeting began that farmers as well as residents started claiming that a wine factory was being set up in their village under the pretext of a green distillery and would adversely impact the environment.

"The project (the wine factory) will disturb ground water, air and soil of the vicinity. We will not allow this to happen in our area at any cost," said local co-operative society president Om Parkash Saharan.

"Even thought the owners claim to be setting up a green distillery with a power plant, but in reality a wine factory is being run. If the PPCB gives an NoC to the factory, our agitation will be intensified.

We will submit a representation to state chief minister Parkash Singh Badal to intervene and stop the

project," said Raju Bharti, a SAD(B) leader.

Villagers also raised anti-government slogans at the site.

Fazilka ADC (D) Amit Kumar visited the spot and tried to pacify the protesters.

"We have noted down the objections of the residents and will pass the same on to the government for action," Amit Kumar told HT.