Prohibition order issued

Yalalevu resident Opendra Lal at the Cement factory site in Ba. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Department of Environment has issued a prohibition order to halt the construction of a cement factory at a residential area in Yalalevu, Ba.

This was confirmed yesterday by Environment Ministry permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe in response to queries from this newspaper.

Residents of the community had raised concerns about the development which they claimed had harmful impacts on people living in homes just metres from the factory.

According to resident Opendra Lal, the construction had been going on for a year.

“There are about 20 households here and we have an elderly population here too. We do get very frustrated because of the dust originating from the factory and at times, the truck drivers at the factory drive by so quickly and our roads are left in a poor state,” he said.

Another resident Pritam Singh, 78, said residents were not consulted before the construction. “There is so much dust from the site and that is our main concern.”

It is understood a team from the Environment Department had visited the site after learning of the construction.

Residents said they had aired grievances to representatives of Ba Town Council and the Environment Ministry before the “stop work order” was issued.

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