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Residents fume over country liquor unit

Sambalpur, Oct. 12: The running of a liquor-manufacturing unit in Mahabirpara has irked residents of the area.

Mahabirpara is located on the outskirts of the city and falls in ward No.1 of Sambalpur Municipality.

“Thousands of people live here. The government should think of shifting the unit elsewhere,” said Sanjeev Panigrahi, a local resident.

Panigrahi said local residents have been demanding shifting of the liquor-manufacturing unit for a long time. Two schools are located near the liquor unit.

“We had requested the authorities time and again to shift the unit from here, but in vain,” he said.

“As there are schools nearby, the liquor manufacturing unit will have an adverse affect on children. Moreover, the foul smell coming from the unit is irritating. The smell has made our lives more miserable. The government should immediately shift the unit,” said B.K. Bisoi, another local resident.

“The government should have sought the consent of the local people before issuing the licence for the manufacturing unit. But we are always kept in the dark,” said Kishore Prashad Naik, a local resident.

Local residents alleged that the administration had turned a deaf ear to their protest since the government was getting huge revenue from this unit.

However, district excise superintendent, Dusasan Naik said: “We are looking into the complaints made by the local residents. We will prepare a report and submit it to the government.”

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