Locals stage sit-in against cement factory

Bara, December 9

Locals staged a sit-in outside Shalimar Cement Industry today, citing environmental pollution caused by the industry at Jitpur-Simara sub-metropolis in Bara.

Locals protested after the authorities concerned paid no heed to their frequent request to control pollution caused by the industry. They said they closed the main gate of the cement factory in protest.

Ward No 3 chair Jagannath Ghimire said locals had staged the sit-in protest to pressure the industry owners after the industry defied the agreement. He said the production in the industry would be halted until the industry management implemented past agreement.

Ward chair at Jitpur Simara Sub-metropolis-6, Kyamudin Ansari, said they were compelled to stage protest after the industry did not take initiatives to curb pollution. Different problems have occurred in the areas due to the smoke emitted by the industry.

Mayor at the sub-metropolis Krishna Poudel said the industry owner had done nothing to control the pollution even though they had drawn their attention for the same time and again. “The sub-metropolis is committed to addressing the problems of the people,” he added. He said the sub-metropolis would take necessary decision after holding discussion with the industry owner.