17th Apr 2017 09:04:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ES Reporter

ITANAGAR, Apr 17: Expressing concern over the uncontrolled air pollution due to the smoke emitted by SMS Smelter factory located near Lekhi village, Naharlagun and the consequent rise in health problems of local residents, All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation has urged the state government to initiate required measures to relocate the factory.

Addressing reporters at press club today, President AAPPTF Dobing Sonam asserted that due to huge carbon emission from the factory situated in the heart of Lekhi village it is causing various health problems to its residents since many years. ‘Being a resident we have been witnessing different kinds of health problems due to the uncontrolled emission  and other wastes from  the factory,’ he added informing that since its set-up diseases  like cancer and tuberculosis  have risen up to 45%.

Sonam disclosed that several times the issue of relocating the factory was raised but concerned authorities did not take it seriously.

‘There could be some nexus between State Pollution Board and the factory shareholders due to which no strong action has been taken yet. If reports are to be believed the factory is worth Rs 10,000 crore with six shareholders— two each from Kolkata, Guwahati and Arunachal itself,’ he claimed.

Seeking immediate intervention of the state government within April 30 next, AAPPTF cautioned that it will resort to democratic movement by organizing mass public conference against the factory.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
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