Amit Jogi appeals CM to remove ban on bursting crackers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2017 10:48:44


Staff Reporter,


Marwahi MLA Amit Jogi, in a letter written to Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh has urged to remove ban from bursting crackers and take severe action against the polluting industries at Siltara, Urla (Raipur), Korba, Janjgir-Champa, Raigarh and Bilaspur.

In his letter to the Chief Minister, a copy of which he released in media, Amit Jogi wrote that recently Chhattisgarh Pollution Control Board has imposed ban on bursting crackers in few cities including the capital. He said the sudden seriousness of state government in controlling pollution might be appreciable but banning crackers and neglecting the main reasons of pollution will not be justifiable.

The Marwahi Legislator pointed out in his letter that there are so many industries at Siltara, Urla (Raipur), Korba, Janjgir-Champa, Raigarh and Bilaspur, which are polluting environment considerably and are compelling people to breathe highly polluted air and drink contaminated water. Similarly, in Bastar also people are compelled to drink red water. According to survey conducted by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), 73 percent drinking water sources in South Bastar are not drinkable. Due to drinking such contaminated water people are suffering from serious ailments.

Citing examples of industries, the Marwahi MLA named Krishna Industries in village Behradih in Janjgir-Champa, where stone crushing work is undertaken resulting in high flow of stone dust in the environment. One 40 year old lady Gangotri Kanwar developed silicosis aliment due to this and died recently. Another two workers from the said factory including Gayatri Mannewar and Ramkumar Yadav had also died of same ailment. Another two workers from the same village Ramkrishna Yadav (43) and Bajrang Yadav (29) are also suffering from silicosis. Due to heavy pollution by this one factory many people are suffering, alleged Jogi.

The Marwahi MLA said despite such incidents, the state government is not taking any action against such polluting industries. Jogi said the state government has banned crackers during winter but during these months, large number of marriages takes place and during such moments of pleasure, people generally burst crackers. He urged the Chief Minister to remove the ban on crackers considering the fact that banning crackers during these months are nothing but hurting the sentiments and snatching employment from cracker sellers.

Jogi through his letter to the Chief Minister urged him to carry out factual inspection of all industries and also carry out public hearing of the people affected due to the pollution of such industries.
Till proper enquiry is not conducted, such polluting industries should not be allowed to carry out production.