‘The units are polluting the area and are a health hazard'
Members of the district Youth Congress on Friday took out a rally here urging the district administration to shift ‘mandakki bhattis' (puffed rice mills) in the Nehru Nagar area to the outskirts of the city.
In a memorandum submitted to Deputy Commissioner Vipul Bansal, the protesters said that despite staging several protests, the district administration had failed to initiate action.
Owing to lack of maintenance, these mills had turned into filthy units. Mill workers spread puffed rice on the roadside for drying, where stray dogs and pigs walked on ti, rendering it unfit for consumption.
Besides, residents of the area were suffering because of the smoke emanating from old tyres burnt in these mills as fuel.
The ash coming out of their chimneys had been causing inconvenience to the residents for several years.
The authorities concerned had granted land for shifting these mills and funds had also been released. However, owing to the delay in providing utility services such as water and electricity connections, the mills had not been shifted, the members said in the memorandum.