PAMPORE: Residents of Woyan village of Pampore area of Pulwama district observed shutdown on the second consecutive day on Monday and protested against the pollution of stone crushers operating in the area.
The residents carrying banners read – ‘stop pollution’, ‘we want justice’.
Raising slogans against the stone crushers in the area and district administration, the protestors said: “Administration is doing nothing to stop mushrooming of stone crushers. It looks something fishy between them. The district administration allows the stone crushers to carry on with their operation,” Advocate Zameer Farooq, Green Wuyan civil society President told Kashmir Reader.
He said that 22 stone crushers and hot mix plants are even running illegally without any proper permission.
He also said that villagers are suffering from many diseases due to the pollution of these crushers.
“Many people died due to lung diseases here and others are also developing chest diseases,” he said.
Advocate Zameer Farooq president Green Wuyan Civil Society told Kashmir Reader that the inhabitants of Bangladesh Wuyan have been the victims of pollution for the last ten years.
“30 to 40 stone crushers are functioning in the village are emitting tones of dust. Some greedy people are extracting precious mineral like limestone from the beautiful mountains of our village which is being used as raw material for crushing, which is also the backbone of dust. 70% of the population is suffering from virus diseases like Asthma, Bronchitis and even Tuberculosis have also been reported in some cases,” he said, adding that some time back their village was notified as eco-friendly area.
He also told Kashmir Reader forest, minerals, wild life face danger of extinction due to the pollution of these crushers.
District officer pollution control board told Kashmir Reader that government has issued notices to the crusher owners and have asked them to install pollution control devices.
“We have given an ultimatum to the crusher owners to install the pollution control devices or face action,” he said adding that there were 33 crushers that were registered with the pollution control board.
He said that PCB shares the concern of people and no unit would be allowed to operate without pollution control devices.
Meanwhile, locals alleged that the authorities and the unit holders are hand in glove and were just befooling them.