PAMPORE: Residents of Woyan village in Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district observed shutdown on the third consecutive day on Tuesday in protest against stone crushers operating in the area.
Advocate Zameer Farooq , President Green Wuyan Civil Society said that they have been protesting for last three days, but the administration is not paying any heed to their misères.
“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.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar told Kashmir Reader that the problem has not emerged recently but has set roots for decades and would not solve by a mere decision of DC.
“ I am going to meet the residents in some days,” he said, adding that the issue would be given due consideration.
He, however, ironically commented that the residents were holding a peaceful protest so no administrator visited the village.
“The administration would have intervened in case of any law and order situation,” he said.