Signature campaign against brick kilns

Dibrugarh: The Asom Sangrami Oikya Mancha, backed by three other organisations, have collected 1,020 signatures in support of its demand to stop functioning of illegally-run brick kilns in Dibrugarh district.

The brick kiln industry under Tengakhat revenue circle in Dibrugarh district is fully operational and poses health hazards for people in its neighbourhood. Of the nine brick kilns, five are still functional in Tengakhat, 28km from here.

On January 10 , 2013, Gauhati High Court had issued an order to shut down the brick kiln industry at Tengakhat. The central president of Mancha, Lalan Sahani, said the brick kilns are being run in gross violation of the high court order.

"We demand immediate closure of the five brick kilns which are polluting the entire area; people staying nearby are suffering from respiratory ailments. We have started a signature campaign and already many people have signed a memorandum. We will send it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi," Sahani said, adding with support from three other organisations they have collected signatures and sent a memorandum to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

"Even after the high court's order to shut down the brick kilns, five are still operational. A copy of the order was sent to the Dibrugarh district administration on April 4, 2013, but no action has been taken so far," state president of the International Human Rights Council, Geetashree Konwar, told this correspondent over phone from Guwahati.

"So far, more than 150 people have died of pollution-related ailments triggered by the brick kiln factories causing cancer, respiratory ailments and tuberculosis among others. The brick kiln owners have violated the high court order. The district administration too is not taking any step," Konwar said.


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