Rub­ber unit’s stink spreads gloom

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Munish Na­gar munish. na­gar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

KO­HARA, LUDHIANA: Lo­cated at Mehlon vil­lage, near Ko­hara, Kar­tar Rub­ber Com­pany has be­come a bane for the res­i­dents of four vil­lages, who have been com­plain­ing about the foul smell of burn­ing rub­ber em­a­nat­ing from the unit.

When asked, Deepak, man­ager of Kar­tar Rub­ber Com­pany, said, “Our com­pany is not burn­ing rub­ber and the claims made by the vil­lagers are false. We do not melt rub­ber and our com­pany is equipped with high-tech in­stru­ments so there is no ques- tion of air pol­lu­tion.”

“Even of­fi­cials of the Pun­jab Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board had vis­ited our com­pany but found noth­ing wrong. The vil­lagers are mak­ing false claims to tar­nish the im­age of the com­pany. They had de­manded do­na­tion to or­gan­ise a sports event but when it was re­fused, they started rais­ing this is­sue of air pol­lu­tion,” the man­ager said.

How­ever, Ravin­der Bhatti, SDO of Pun­jab Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Board, who is in-charge of the area, told HT, “The nearby vil­lages had filed a com­plaint a month ago and the case is up for hear­ing. The com­pany’s argu- ment that PPCB did not find any­thing wrong in the firm is false.

The case is pend­ing for the next hear­ing with the PPCB au­thor­i­ties. Af­ter the fi­nal hear­ing, ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion would be taken by higher of­fi­cials of PPCB in this re­gard.”

Nir­mal Singh ( 60) of Pa­haruwal vil­lage said, “ We have fre­quently com­plained about the foul smell to the head of our vil­lage. He has also taken up the mat­ter at a higher level but noth­ing has been done so far. We want the au­thor­i­ties to in­ter­vene and take stern ac­tion against the com­pany.”


An outer view of the rub­ber fac­tory at Mehlon vil­lage.

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