Stone-crushing Industry Causing Health Hazards

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Stone-crushing industry causing health hazards

SARGODHA, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -5th Sep,2016) : The residents and labourer have urged the authorities concerned for taking action against stone-crushing activity going on in the area in violation of the environmental act.

A large number of people residing in the surrounding areas of stone-crushing plants including Pull 111, Chak 116, 119, 123, 126 and 128 asked the Environment and Mines and Minerals departments for complete enforcement of the law stressing standard measures for the safety of people and labourers.

During the last month, two labourers -- Muhammad Shafique and Gulzar Ahmad -- belonging to Azad Kashmir died on-the-spot after slipping of their feet from hills, due to unavailability of safety measures in the area of Chak 116-SB Block No 4 and in Chak 126-SB, he added.

Representatives of the area people said that the stone-crushing activity was in violation of the Punjab Environmental Protection Act, 1997 (Amended in 2012), as it produces dust emissions, noise pollution.

The Mines and Minerals Department officials said that they were working for welfare and rehabilitation of mine workers and their families. In this regard, a mines rescue and safety station has been established in Chakwal to ensure and update safety measures for mine workers.