‘Brick units, granite quarries pose threat to environment’

Updated - November 18, 2016 10:04 pm IST

Published - March 29, 2010 04:45 pm IST - KALPETTA

The environmental committee of the Sasthra Sahitya Parishad district committee has demanded the government to curb the increasing number of brick making units and unscientific granite mining in the district.

The increasing number of brick making units in Panamaram Panchayat and the manual sand (M-sand) making units and granite quarries in Ambalvayal Panchayat has been posing a major threat to the environment, the committee said in a release.

Acres of conventional paddy-cultivated land had been converted into brick making units and the functioning of such units was against the norms of the Land Utilisation Acts of the State, they alleged.

The immature granite rocks in Ambalavayal area are the natural sources of collecting rain water and the increasing number of M- sand units and granite quarries would destroy the perennial sources of water in those areas.

The committee also demanded to set up an environmental protection cell under the district administration to act quickly on the environment-related issues.

A district wise campaign on land utilisation to sensitise the public under the aegis of Sasthra Sahitya Parishad district committee will be launched soon, they said.

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