Close Illegal Plywood Factories: Gopalpora residents

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, May 6: In blatant violation of norms, many plywood factories are operating illegally in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district. 
 The residents of Gopalpora alleged that most of the plywood factories in the area have become a source of pollution and sought closure of these units. They had even approached the district authorities for getting these plywood factories closed. But they said no action has been taken yet.
 The inhabitants said that last year the inspector of Factories/Boilers Kashmir Province in a letter vide no IFK/FS dated 13-4-2011 informed the Deputy Commissioner Budgam  that operation of steam boiler illegally installed by a plywood factory owner was stopped by sealing its safety valve.
 “However the owner broke seal of the safety valve and is operating the steam boiler during night shifts which can’t be checked in view of limited number of orderlies,” letter states.
 The Inspector had requested the district administration to seize the factory. “But no action has been taken so far,’” the inhabitants said. Pertinently, it is mandatory to register the steam boilers as per the Indian Boiler Act. 1923.
 When contacted, the Additional Deputy Commissioner Budgam Muhammad Akbar Ganie assured to look into the matter.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 6 May 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 6 May 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 May 2012 00:00:00 IST




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