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.