Salt factory causing pollution closed following Gujarat Lok Samiti intervention

Nita Mahadev
Thanks to active intervention of the Gujarat Lok Samiti, a Gandhian civil rights organization, and its leaders Nita Mahadev and Mudita Vidrohi, a salt factory situated in Jarvala village in Patdi taluka of Surendranagar district, Gujarat, allegedly causing immense harm to environment, land and water has been closed.
Running for many years, a statement by Mahadev says, the factory caused the people of the village immense problems, with serious consequences to farming and land and water pollution. People of the village tried to find a solution to this in different ways, but to no avail.
Three months ago, the statement adds, the villagers contacted the Gujarat Lok Samiti. Mahadev and Vidrohi tried to understand the situation by doing an on-the-spot inquiry. They found the situation very serious.Citing various studied, including Supreme Court verdicts, people, with the help of the civil rights organization, began negotiating with the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB).
Finally, the factory has been closed. Its machinery and salt have been removed from the premises, and workers are leaving the factory. “One hopes that in the coming days GPCB ensures that the factory does not restart operations. Currently, people are satisfied and happy. It is also satisfying for the Lok Samiti that it could help disposed of the issue pending for many years”, says Mahadev.

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