Mangaluru

People demand jobs, health insurance

Deputy Commissioner Sindhu Rupesh addressing the public hearing at St. Antony Church, Kuluru, in Mangaluru on Thursday. Environment Officer, Karnataka Pollution Control Board, Rajashekar Puranik is seen.

Deputy Commissioner Sindhu Rupesh addressing the public hearing at St. Antony Church, Kuluru, in Mangaluru on Thursday. Environment Officer, Karnataka Pollution Control Board, Rajashekar Puranik is seen.  

Some say projects will only aggravate health issues in the surrounding areas

People at a public hearing for issuing environmental clearance to the three new projects of KIOCL Limited here on Thursday demanded health insurance and jobs from the company for the locals.

If some people said that the company should not be allowed to set up the proposed projects as they would only aggravate the existing health issues in the areas surrounding Panambur and Baikampady, others said that the projects should come up as they would help generate employment.

Speaking on behalf of people from Padukodi and Bangra Kulur areas, Dany D’Souza said that many people living in the surroundings of Baikampady Industrial Area, including Kunjathbail and Panjimogaru areas, faced health issues due to many industrial units in Panambur and Baikampady.

Hence, the company should conduct a health audit in the areas near the upcoming projects for covering the local people under a health insurance policy. The company should also organise free health check-up. He demanded that the local people should be provided 60 % of jobs in the projects slated to come up and some project-related contracts should be also awarded to local people.

Renni D’Souza from Padukodi demanded that the company should file an affidavit that it would provide 60 % jobs in the new projects to local people.

Manikanta of Kodialbail claimed that the company has not recruited for the last one decade. Then, how it could provide employment to local people. He and a member of Jokatte Gram Panchayat said that the company should not be allowed to set up the new units.

A resident of Kunjathbail Vilma said that like her, members of many local families who have given up their land for industrial units in Panambur, Baikampady and nearby areas have not been given jobs by the companies that have set up units on those land.

Dayananda Shetty, a former councillor of Mangaluru City Corporation, said that it is not right to oppose new projects that would help create jobs. But the jobs should be provided to local people and not to people from outside.

Shanta Ravindra, a former councillor of Mangaluru City Corporation, said that the company should look at advanced technologies while setting up new projects in Mangaluru to address environmental and health issues. She said that it is not proper to oppose the project proposals just for the sake of opposition. They would help create jobs.

Deputy Commissioner, Dakshina Kannada, Sindhu B. Rupesh presided over the hearing. Senior Environment Officer, KSPCB, Mangaluru, Rajashekar Puranik was present.

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