Residents, factory on warpath in Jalandhar
Residents of Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Nagar are up in arms against a handtool industry that has allegedly encroached upon the area, leading to pollution and also blocking access points to roads in the area at several places.punjab Updated: Aug 01, 2012 15:17 IST
Residents of Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Nagar are up in arms against a handtool industry that has allegedly encroached upon the area, leading to pollution and also blocking access points to roads in the area at several places.
In a press conference organised on Tuesday, residents alleged that several new diseases had taken root in the area due to the pollution caused by the factory of Ajay Industries.
A resident Gurdayal Singh said that the industry had purchased several residential plots in their locality and converted these into a factory. He alleged that the industry had blocked common approach roads of the locality causing inconvenience to the residents.
Gurdayal added that the residents had raised the issue with the Punjab Pollution Control Board, the municipal corporation and Punjab State Power Corporation Limited, but to no avail. He claimed that the authorities had chosen to look the other way as the owner enjoyed political influence.
Another resident Malkiyat Kaur said that the pollution from the industry was toxic and had adversely impacted their health. At night, they could not sleep due to the noise pollution caused by the industry.
"In spite of several complaints to the authorities, no action was taken, emboldening the owner further," said Satwinder Kaur.
She added the residents were not able to sleep properly as huge hammers went on working at night and their clattering was audible at least a km away.
Residents said that if the industry was not removed from the area soon, they would protest at the national highway on August 5 (Sunday). They have also threatened that will resort to self-immolation, if no action was taken on their complaints.
When contacted, factory manager, AK Goswami, said that the industry was working well-within the industrial limits and denied that there had been any encroachment into any residential area.
"According to the industrial master plan 2009, the factory is a part of the industrial zone.
Residents entered into litigation and have lost a case against the factory in a local court in 2010."
When contacted, PPCB executive engineer Manohar Lal Chauhan, said he would look into the matter and take appropriate action.
District town planner, Inderjit Singh, said that he was not aware of the matter. He added he would check if his office had received any complaint from the residents.