Early Times Report
Jammu, Nov 14: The air quality in the industrial areas of district Kathua has been turning worse due to inaction of monitoring agencies, which have adopted cryptic silence due to their alleged nexus with the industry owners.
According to the residents of Govindsar, Ramnagar, Hatli Morh, Chak Ram Singh, Sawan Chak, Luxmi Nagar the air quality has worsened in the last few years. "During evening hours, plumes of smoke coupled with pungent smell hovers over our houses, making it difficult to inhale", Pritam Singh of Ramnagar, which falls just adjacent to Chenab Textile Mills, said. He further said that during daytime, the industry owners probably used the treatment plants or kept their units shut but as the darkness descended, the chimneys of cement plants, rubber treatment plants, started exhaling plumes of smoke, making it impossible to stand for sometimes, outside the shops on Hatlimorh to Railway station road. Other residents were of the opinion that few years back, a rubber recycling plant was established adjoining to CTM, which has become worst pollutant emitter in the area. "Time and again we approached to district administration for strict imposition of rules and usage of treatment plants but there is no change", another resident said, alleging that the industry owners, gave hefty money to the monitoring agency officials and openly violate the environment norms.
The residents further alleged that some of the so-called environmental activists, lodged ceremonial protest demonstration and got their share from the industrialists and remained silent for many months. "The residents have been exposed to number of diseases due to worsening air quality as well as water quality and a major catastrophe has been in making in district Kathua but district administration as well as Pollution Control Board officials have totally silent over the matter due to reasons best known to them", the residents alleged.