Farmers in Seethanayakanahalli and surrounding areas in Malur taluk in Kolar district have expressed concern over environment pollution created allegedly by a battery dismantling unit. In view of the death of a number of cattle in the area, they are demanding compensation beside action against the factory.

The factory, Chloride Allies India Limited, is in the thick of a controversy due to its alleged apathy in controlling pollution due to release of hazardous chemical.

The factory is engaged in dismantling batteries and processing chloride, copper, zinc, carbide and other contents in them.

But it sends the useful material to recycling units.

Though the process has resulted in the release of poisonous gas into the air causing health hazards, the unit is lethargic in taking steps to check pollution, Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha district unit general secretary A. Ashwath Reddy told The Hindu .

Beside Seethanayakanahali where the factory is situated, villages in the vicinity, Majaracharandi, Talakunte and Hulimangalahoskote, are affected by the hazardous gas released by the factory, Mr. Reddy said.

Agriculture land and tubewells in these areas have become toxic due to the lethal waste released by the factory, he added.

The farmers have staged protests on a number of occasions condemning the apathy of factory management and demanding compensation for farmers who have lost their cattle.

Following resistance by the people and farmers’ outfit, Deputy Commissioner D.S. Vishwanath gave instructions temporarily suspending the operations of the factory on September 11, 2012.

However, when the factory resumed its activities recently, it triggered a fresh round of protest.

Farmers’ organisations locked the factory gates on December 9 urging the management to adhere to the pollution control measures and distribute compensation to the owners of dead cattle.

To draw the attention of the authorities, the raitha sangha and Hasiru Sene activists staged a dharna in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office on Tuesday.

Committee

Mr. Vishwanath has said that a committee comprising veterinary doctor, officials of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, a commercial tax officer and farmers representatives will be set up to file a report on the ill-effects of the waste released by the factory.



They seek relief

for death of

cattle due to release of hazardous chemical

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