Alleging water pollution and resultant crop damage due to discharge of untreated effluents from chemical factory
However, this protest was opposed by a section of the villagers, Who had also handed over a memorandum to the Tehsildar, in which it had also been claimed that the factories are not causing water pollution.
Chandrapur: Alleging water pollution and consequent crop damage in the area due to the discharge of untreated effluents from a chemical factory, A socio-political organization, a group of cardboard manufacturers near Ballarpur, Ulgulan Sanghatana staged a protest on Friday.
However, this protest was opposed by a section of the villagers, Who had also handed over a memorandum to the Tehsildar, in which it had also been claimed that the factories are not causing water pollution at all. And in return, many are getting employment because of them.
Raju Zode, president of Ulgulan Sanghatana, has also claimed that untreated effluents from the chemical factory Bamani Protein Limited and more than half a dozen cardboard units near Dehli village are discharged into the village drain. And while the polluted water is causing a lot of damage to the crops in the surrounding area, the cattle are also falling ill after drinking the water, They said.
“Pollution is further killing fish in the nullah and Wardha river as well,” Raju Zode said. Cardboard factories receive sludge, a waste material from paper mills, and use it as a raw material in their production. However, these factories discharge into drains without any treatment, she alleged.
Water coming out of these factories does not harm their crops or cattle
Raju Zode has claimed that the organization had earlier also submitted a memorandum demanding action against the defaulting factories, but the administration has completely failed to take any action.
Raju Zode said, “Since the relevant authorities neglected the issue, Ulgulan decided to protest.”
While Raju Zode also claims to have supported the affected villages, A group of villagers submitted a memorandum to the tehsildar, claiming that the protest by Raju Zode was a farce. In a joint memorandum, the villagers of Bamni, Kalmana, Lavari, and Dehli claimed that the water coming out of these factories does not harm their crops or cattle in any way.
The villagers have emphasized that these factories provide employment to around 600 people in the surrounding villages and have also said that the complaints lodged by Raju Zode are out of vested interest. “Any shutdown action on these factories will render these workers jobless,” he added. More than 60 villagers have signed the memorandum submitted to the Tehsildar.
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