'Mining leading to respiratory issues' Social activist to CM


'Mining leading to respiratory issues' Social activist to CM

TNN | Jan 22, 2016, 10.16 AM IST


Jaipur: Illegal mining in Kotputli and other nearby areas continues unabated causing serious health related problems among the resident of the area.

Social activist Swami Agnivesh took up the issue and met chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday demanding immediate action against illegal mining in the area. "The people of the area staged dharna in Kotputli on Wednesday against illegal mining. Despite directions from the high court, National Green Tribunal and the state government, mining continues unabated," Agnivesh said.

He said that it is causing serious health problems and problems related to environment. "The water level has depleted in the area. People are suffering from silicosis, a disease which is even more dangerous than tuberculosis. Due to overloading of vehicles involved in mining, the roads are in a bad shape," Agnivesh said.

People of the area are angry as crushers are used in mining causing respiratory problems.

"The then chief minister Ashok Gehlot had also visited the place, but nothing happened which could bring a change. Mafia raj is active in the area," Agnivesh said.

"I met the CM today and she assured me that she would take strict action," he said, adding that liquor mafia and mining mafia are active in the area. "Former MLA Gurcharan Chhabra had demanded liquor ban. But he died during his protest. During my meeting with the CM, I demanded her to impose a ban on liquor. But she replied that it will earn losses to the government, which otherwise is used to run schemes like mid-day meals. But I demanded that at least children in schools should be made aware about the ill-effects of liquor.