[Assam] [Assam Society] In Assam Coke plants coming up despite ban
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Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 07:28:51 +0100 (BST)
Subject: [Assam Society] In Assam Coke plants coming up despite ban
Dear friends ,
Is there any Govt exists to keep the track on issues like exploitation and creation of hazards by Multinational Groups. on our motherland.Let us all join hand with the effors of " Coke Udyog Protirodh Samiti"Assam.We all know Kerala exprience and movements arround India.
Coke plants coming up despite ban
GUWAHATI, Oct 9 Despite the State Governments ban on setting up of new coke units in view of the grave hazards posed by the coke industry to public health, two coke units are under construction at Azara Hatkhowapara village under Ramsarani revenue circle on the outskirts of the city. It may be mentioned that the State Government vide its order MI.113/2002/52 dated Dispur, the 16th of May, had stopped issuance of both temporary and permanent registration for setting up of coke industries. The ban is applicable even to those coke industries that have already obtained the licences but are yet to start operations.
The local people of a number of villages have vehemently opposed the construction and questioned how such illegal constructions could continue under the very nose of the administration, especially when the authorities have been informed of the gravity of the situation umpteen times.
Addressing a press conference today, the Coke Udyog Protirodh Samiti, a common platform of the concerned people, said that over two lakh people of nearly 20 villages under Ramsarani circle would be exposed to the dreadful hazards of the polluting coke industries.
The Samiti also produced a letter from the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) dated September 22, 2005, asking for documentary evidence in support of the points mentioned by the proprietors, M/s Rangrup Enterprise, regarding construction of boundary walls ands coke industry. The GMDA letter further stated that it would demolish the constructions unless the documents were furnished within three days, which shows that construction is illegal.
Samiti president Hafiz Ahmed and general secretary Saheb Ali said that in spite of moving the district administration, the Pollution Control Board, Assam, the local MLA and the Minister for Environment and Forests, they had got only assurances. It is not understood why the authorities have not initiated any action against the coke industries even after having banned such units, they said.
The Samiti also made it clear that unless the Government made a quick intervention in the matter, the people would be compelled to take recourse to violent modes of protest. During the protest demonstration on September 18, the manager of the two units had, on behalf of the owners, given a written statement that construction work would be stopped till permission is granted, the Samiti said.
The hazards of coke industries often manifest in the form of deadly diseases like cancer, TB, etc. It also leads to crippling disabilities among the people, including unborn babies. The brunt of the two coke industries will have to be borne by the villagers of Azara Hatkhowapara, Azara, Kahikuchi, Garal, Charkadoi, Borbori, Bhattapara, Agasia, Dharapur, Mojoli, Khanamukh, etc. Besides, an ecological hotspot like the Deepor Beel, and the LGB International Airport will also be severely hit, the Samiti pointed out. http://www.assamtribune.com/
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