Good news for villagers as NGT seeks pollution report
Nainital district magistrate, Deependra Chaudhary said that the stone crushers had already been asked to initiate measures to lessen dust and cut out pollution.dehradun Updated: Dec 13, 2017 19:38 IST
Dehradun: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board to inspect 20 stone crushers in the Haldwani- Lalkuan region by February end and give a report on the pollution caused by them. This has sent across some rays of hope among people of Fatta Bangar villages of Haldwani, bearing the brunt of the pollution so far.
CPCB had collected samples from the Himalayan Stone Crusher at Motinagar on the outskirts of Haldwani in September, and found that it was polluting the area, following which, the NGT has passed the order. Taking strict note of some soapstone processing units in the area, NGT has cautioned them against further pollution.
Residents of Fatta Bangar village, that lies on the outskirts of Haldwani, had filed a petition to the NGT over the pollution and dust being caused by the Himalayan stone crusher, that was in turn, leading to health related problems.
“We had filed this petition in 2017 to NGT saying how miserable our lives had become due to the stone crusher,” said GS Bhandari, the petitioner. He said that the NGT had asked the stone crusher to keep its work suspended from 6pm to 7am.The court said that the big machines will not be operated from 6 PM to 7 AM.
Bhandari added that there were 350 residents in Fatta Bangar and many of them had been thinking of leaving this place owing to the pollution. He said this struggle will continue till the stone crushers are shifted out of residential areas.
Nainital district magistrate, Deependra Chaudhary said that the stone crushers had already been asked to initiate measures to lessen dust and cut out pollution. “We will take all measures to ensure that the pollution levels are curtailed”, he said.