Re­voke li­censes of in­dus­tries vi­o­lat­ing SC, NGT Guide­lines: Harsh


Ag­grieved over the dis­re­gard for norms and breach of SC and NGT di­rec­tives by the mush­room growth of pol­lu­tion cre­at­ing units and pes­ti­cide in­dus­tries in Jammu re­gion which have caused huge eco­log­i­cal im­bal­ance be­sides health haz­ards and loss of hu­man lives, Harsh Dev Singh Chair­man JKNPP and for­mer Min­is­ter sought the per­sonal in­dul­gence of the Gover­nor to stem the rot in the in­ter­est of the pub­lic health and hy­giene. He ac­cused the de­fi­ant in­dus­tri­al­ists of en­rich­ing their cof­fers at the cost of lives of com­mon peo­ple in col­lu­sion with the cor­rupt func­tionar­ies in the gov­ern­ment. He was ad­dress­ing a press con­fer­ence in Jammu to­day.

Com­ing down heav­ily on the pol­lu­tion cre­at­ing in­dus­tries par­tic­u­larly pes­ti­cides, chem­i­cal, ce­ments be­sides oth­ers, Harsh Dev Singh sought a re­view of the li­censes granted to them in the light of rec­om­men­da­tions made by Supreme Court and the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal. He said that dur­ing his sev­eral vis­its to vil­lages in Kathua, Ud­ham­pur, Samba, Vi­jay­pur and Bari Brah­mana ear­lier, he was ap­prised by lo­cals that sev­eral pes­ti­cides namely Car­bo­fu­ran, Chlor­pyri­fos, Pho­r­ate, Atazine, Monocro­tophos, Newsi­cle, Fu­radan, Fusi­lax­ole, Deltamethsin, Cu­ra­tor etc. which were de­clared as ex­tremely haz­ardous by WHO were be­ing pro­duced with­out any check what so ever. An­guished over the huge en­vi­ron­men­tal and eco­log­i­cal degra­da­tion be­sides se­ri­ous health haz­ards caused by nau­se­at­ing growth of un- au­tho­rized brick-kilns, hot mix plants and il­le­gal stone crush­ers oper­a­tional in and around Jammu, Harsh Dev Singh fur­ther ac­cused the Govt. de­part­ments of is­su­ing NOCS and al­low­ing im­mu­nity to in­flu­en­tial of­fend­ers in­clud­ing exMin­is­ters, sit­ting MPS and leg­is­la­tors be­sides other af­flu­ent peo­ple.

He said that there were hun­dreds of brick-kilns and stone crushes op­er­at­ing in the state with­out ful­fill­ing the pre­req­ui­sites laid down by the GOI, Min­istry of en­vi­ron­ment and Min­istry of Mines in pur­suance of the Supreme Court direc­tions. He pointed out that sev­eral units had been in­stalled in pro­hib­ited ar­eas and non spec­i­fied lo­ca­tions by pow­er­ful mafia in league with cor­rupt govt. func­tionar­ies.

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