PAMPORE: Residents of Woyan village in south Kashmir’s Pampore on Wednesday called off strike after Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC) Mohammad Altaf Khan assured them that district administration would act against illegal crusher owners in the village.
“I have asked the field agencies to submit the report within two days and check the number of units and segregate those with permission and without permission,” he said, adding that the administration would act soon after the report is submitted to him.
Meanwhile, the residents called off their four day long strike against the emissions from stone crushers after ADC assured action against the erring ones.
The residents told Kashmir Reader that the crusher owners had come with compressors and were trying to do away with the dust that is visible everywhere but the vigilant villagers did not allow them to do so.
Zameer Farooq, a resident, while confirming to Kashmir Reader that they have called off strike said that the villagers were waiting the assurances to get fulfilled and warned the authorities of if they failed to provide relief to the villagers they would once again call for strike which would be intense in comparison to present one
The residents in the village are demanding a check on pollution that has made their life miserable.
The residents told Kashmir Reader that most of the village has been suffering from chest diseases.
Meanwhile, district officer pollution control board Pulwama Mohammad Yousuf told Kashmir Reader that government has already issued notices to the crusher owners and have asked them to install pollution control device till March 31.
“We have served ultimatum to the crusher owners who have to install the pollution control devices or face action,” he said, adding that PCB shared the concern of people and no unit would be allowed to operate if it does not install pollution control devices.