The JAC alleged that the dust created by the stone crushing units in the area are polluting not only the grazing fields, but also might lead to health complications for the people living around the area.
Joint Action Committee (JAC) Against Polluting Factories / Industries in and around Moidangpok, New Keithelmanbi and Moidangpok Khunou on Friday demanded that the stone crushing units, industrial units and brick fields which are operating in the paddy fields around the area should cease to operate immediately, failing which agitation will be launched. It also alleged that the units are operating in contradiction to the Manipur Conservation of Paddy Land and Wetland Act, 2014.
Speaking to media persons at the Manipur Press Club on Friday, JAC secretary S Tombi said that the units have been operating in an area of around 10 pari of paddy fields for the last 4-5 years. It has created problems of air pollution in the adjoining areas. The stones used in the stone crushing units are also being sourced illegally from reserved forest areas, he alleged.
The dust created by these units is polluting the grazing fields. He also expressed apprehension that the people living in the area might have health complications as the dusts are entering the homes.
Tombi further said that Imphal West DC, SDO Patsoi, Manipur Pollution Control Board, Department of Trade Commerce and Industries have also been approached regarding the problems, but to no avail.
Maintaining that new units of brick fields are also under-construction, he urged them to shift to other suitable places immediately.