By: Mahesh Chander Sharma
Mandi (March 30): Representatives of eight panchayat of Sundernagar sub-division have urged Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to direct the ACC Cement Company (Which is running a cement plant adjoining these areas) to provide various facilities to the residents of these panchayats on the lines of facilities providing to cement plant affected persons in district Bilaspur.
The residents of Baroti, Dehar, Kangoo, Dhawal, Jarol, Slapper and Salwana pnachayats submitted memorandum to DC Mandi Amandeep Garg addressed to Chief Minister stating that their areas have been affected by pollution caused by the ACC Cement Plant in Barmana, situated in district Bilaspur (situated adjoining to these panchyats). It was stated in
the memorandum that the residents living in 31 villages comprising 5,000 families constituting a total population of more than 22,000 were the worst affected due to pollution caused by ACC cement factory and they have been suffering from various diseases, but the government never bothered to compensate them either by providing employment in the factory or by giving health facilities.
They demanded that the vehicles of these penchants also be attached in the cement factory for transportation. The residents urged the CM that ACC Cement Plant authorities be directed to use anti-polluting device so that the pollution prevailing in this area be minimized.
According to Sunder lal, Dillip Kumar, Jai Lal, Balbir Singh, Prem Singh, Khem Raj, Shyam lal, Chander Mani, Amarjeet, Roop Lal and Vijay Kumar, all office bearers of Maa Sheetla ACC Affected Transport Committee, they will soon meet the Chief Minister and apprise him of the problems which were being faced by the residents of these panchyats for last more than two decades when the ACC Cement Factory was started at Barmana. They said that though the district administration admits that these panchyats were affected by pollution from ACC Cement Factory, their problems were never taken up with the government. According to office of DC Mandi, the memorandum was forwarded to the Chief Minister for necessary action.