MeraNews Network, Gandhinagar: Villages adjoining to Balasinor in Mahisagar district of Gujarat have been long protesting against the permission granted for a dumping site that is about to come up near Jamiyatpura. The protestors today reached Gandhinagar to draw the attention of the government towards the health risks that would be faced by the villagers.

Balasinor is prominently known for its Dinosaur Fossil Park. 71 written complaints and presentations made by the gram-panchayats, villagers and educational institutes to the state pollution control board in Gandhinagar seems to have fallen to deaf ears as the government has so far not taken any action against the permit given for a dumping site by Messer’s Maurya Environment Project Private Limited. The protestors had even sat on a fast to agitate against this dumping yard outside the district mamlatdar’s office.

The dumping site approved for the private is firm is located near SSC Quarry in Balasinor’s Jamiyatpura. The villagers with the support of NGOs, environmentalists and several youngsters have been protesting this proposal for the site since last two years.

Dr. Kunal Patel, a resident of Balasinor and one of the agitators said, “There are 28 villages in Balasinor taluka in Mahisagar which has residential places, schools, lakes, ponds, etc. and despite this, the government gave permission to the private firm for the dumping yard. So on 23, 24 and 25 July, the villagers sat on a fasting protest outside the mamlatdar’s office.”

He further added, “If this dumping site comes up, the residents are prone to diseases like Diabetes, TB, liver, and blood-related problems and even cancer. Residing next to it will diminish the immunity of the residents. Even the water resources nearby the site will be polluted with the chemicals discharged there.”

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