Tribals protest illegal quarries

The agitators demanded Odisha State Pollution Control Board to stop them immediately.

Published: 24th November 2016 03:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th November 2016 03:45 AM   |  A+A-



By Express News Service

ROURKELA: Members of Sundargarh Zilla Adiwasi Mulwasi Bachao Manch (SZAMBM) led by Birmitrapur MLA George Tirkey on Wednesday staged a demonstration in front of (OSBCB) office at Sector-5 here demanding action against an explosive manufacturing industry and illegal stone quarries.

The agitators also submitted a memorandum, addressed to Minister of Forest & Environment Bikram Kesari Arukh, to the OSPCB Regional Officer Mukesh Mahaling. Tirkey alleged that the IDL Explosive Ltd here, a manufacturer of industrial explosives and metal clad products, was causing massive pollution. He said the industry’s metal cladding involves explosive cladding method causing extreme noise pollution. As an impact of the explosions, walls of houses in  nearby areas are developing cracks.

Tirkey further claimed that the industry was releasing nitrate bearing waste water without treatment, which was flowing to water bodies and low-lying areas, leading to water pollution. He also pointed out that about 10 stone quarries at Balanda and Gotidharan areas were illegally using explosive materials. The agitators demanded OSBCB to stop them immediately.

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