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Posted at: Dec 7, 2018, 1:54 AM; last updated: Dec 7, 2018, 1:54 AM (IST)

Notice to sheller over pollution

Jalandhar, December 6

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM), Kapurthala, Dr Nayan Bhullar has issued a show-cause notice ordering the closure of the Kartar Sheller at Rayka Mohalla in Kapurthala. The SDM has asked the sheller to present its side of the case by December 11. The SDM has also asked the industrial unit to explain why it should not be closed.

For a long time now, diseases had spread in the area and it was attributed to the functioning of the Kartar Sheller, affecting thousands. The Nagar Council had also disclosed in court that the sheller started the unit without getting the map cleared or obtaining licence. The Valmiki Tiger Force had lodged a complaint against them.

Rakesh of Valmiki Tiger Force filed a petition under CrPC section 133 to prevent the pollution caused by the industrial unit. Action on the petition, SDM Nayan Bhullar sought an explanation from the sheller as to why pollution was spreading in the area.

Rakesh alleged that people in the area were suffering from respiratory diseases, including asthma, due to the pollution caused by the unit. He said if the unit isn’t closed, people’s health will be affected adversely. — TNS

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