KOKRAJHAR, Jan 11: Bodoland Territorial Council Legislative Assembly during the winter session on Tuesday decided to form an assembly house committee soon by including the members from the Opposition bench to visit and study the adverse impact of the carbon factory near Kajalgaon in Chirang district.
In the assembly session, the members from the Opposition party raised questions as to how the carbon factory was set up in the densely inhabited area in Chirang and if the council had given heed towards the objection raised by the local people. The carbon factory has polluted the environment in the locality and also affected agriculture farming. The local people have staged many protests demanding that the factory should be shifted or should be closed down.
Opposition MCLAs Rwngwra Narzary and Maoti Brahma Hazoary raised question as how the private company got the land and license to set up such a harmful factory in the populated area. They said they had no objection to setting up industries or factories but they should be set up in places where people do not get affected. They said the BTC authority should shift the carbon factory or cancel the license as per people’s demand.
In reply, the deputy chief of BTC, Kampa Borgoyary said the complaints of people about environment pollution were true. He said the factory had caused health hazard in the locality and the time had come to study the impact on environment. He also said there should be proper inquiry over the acquisition of land and how the permission to set up carbon factory in the midst of villages was obtained and how the pollution control board had given pollution-free certificate.
Borgoyary said the house committee should be formed as early as possible to study the impact of the carbon factory on environment and health. Later, the Speaker of the assembly gave a proposal to form the house committee by including the members of the Opposition.