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Pollution level rises with opening of mines in Badajamda

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Chaibasa, April 8 : The government has started opening of the mines after a prolong closer in the Iron ore region, but the pollution level has also started increasing in Badajamda town.

The Section 21 of the Air (prevention and control) pollution Act 1981 has made it compulsory to obtain No Objection certificate for operating mining activity from ministry of environment and from state pollution control board.

The Act and Jharkhand state pollution control board guidelines clearly directs that regular sprinkling of water on haul roads to reduce the level of pollutant due to movement of vehicles during transportation and the vehicles carrying the Iron ore loaded must be covered with tarpaulin or such covering.

Despite all the rules and regulation, the transporters are flouting the norms at Noamundi and Badajamda area thus creating health hazard particularly in Badajamda.

The Mines lease owner neither sprinkle water on haul roads nor do they force the transporter to follow the environmental norms. The people living in the Badajamda area are badly affected with pollution. In the context, the Noamundi block Medical officer Dr Dharmendra Pradhan was approached, in reply Medical officer said that after the opening of the mines now the pollution affected patient have increased particularly suffering from Bronchitis and lungs infection.

Every week 7 to 8 such patients visit the Badajamda community health centers for treatment, Noamundi block medical officer advised that if the norms of pollution which are embodied in pollution Act are not strictly followed then the number of patient would increase in large number as soon as all the mines start operating.

Dr suggested that the Mines lease owners must take step to sprinkle water and force transporters to cover the iron ore loaded vehicles before plying in order to check the menace. The JSPCB should not show lackadaisical attitude in allotting clearances.

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