Residents demand shifting of Beacon’s hot-mix plant in Gund

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The inhabitants of Fraw, Haknar and its adjacent areas of tehsil Gund in Ganderbal district are up in arms against the authorities for allowing the establishment and functioning of a hot-mix plant in the area.
“The Beacon has illegally set up a hot-mix plant here which is becoming a major concern for the inhabitants as well as the environment,” locals of Fraw village said.
They said that the hot-mix plants belong to Beacon who have set up it in violation of the norms.
“The smoke and dust emanating from this hot-mix plant have adversely affected the flora and fauna in the area,” the locals said. “This is posing grave threat to the environment and health of people residing in the surrounding villages.”
Locals said that the land where the plant is operating belongs to Power Development Corporation (PDC).
Interestingly, a government middle school is operating a few meters away from the hot mix plant.
“Nearly 200 students are studying in government middle school Fraw that is functioning just a few meters away from the spot where the hot mix plant is operating due to which we are worried about the health of our children,” a local resident, Haji Ghulam Rasool, said.
Tehsildar Gund, Fareed Ahmad Khatana, assured that he will look into the matter.
“A delegation from the area had come to my office and apprised me about the issue, I have written to higher authorities in this regard,” he said.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, additional deputy commissioner Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari said, “I will seek a report so that necessary action is taken.”

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