Assembly Committee on Environment discusses air pollution by Pvt. factories

Shillong, Jul 31: Meghalaya Assembly Committee on Environment, on Friday, discussed the air pollution caused by Shakambari Ferro Alloy Pvt. Ltd at Rwiang, West Khasi Hills.

According to information received by the committee, this particular factory was given single window clearance in 2011 and the state pollution control board gave clearance in 2015.

However, Committee Member and Mawsynram MLA Himalaya Shangpliang stated that the state pollution board could not give the committee details on how many inspections have been conducted.

The committee also said that they were informed by a Mining officer that the factory procures charcoal from Andhra Pradesh.

“We have asked the department to submit papers and documents to the committee how and in what amount of quantity the charcoal id procured,” Shangpliang said.

Chairman Assembly Committee on Environment, S. K. Sunn also proposed a “zoning atlas” so that it could be beneficial to detect and regulate setting up of industries both legal and illegal.

The assembly committee also discussed air pollution caused by cement plants in Jaintia Hills region.

The state pollution board gave the committee justification that the emission of smoke from the cement plants was because since these were closed for many months due to the lockdown when the engines and furnaces were restarted there is tendency of smoke emitting at higher level.

Meanwhile, the committee was told that the machines at Jaintia Cement Latyrke are old and therefore emitted excess smoke.

“Therefore, the committee suggested that the central and state pollution board would visit and examine these industries and suggest measures to improve emission of smoke from them,” Shangpliang said.