By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Sept 3: Dispur MLA Atul Bora has started a tirade against Star Cement. The plant of the cement company has been notorious for pollution in the Dimoria area, besides Pabitara Wildlife Sanctuary.
Talking to newsmen in the city today, the MLA said: “I’ve sent a letter to State Industries Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary requesting him to take steps to evict Star Cement from Dimoria. The cement plant has polluted the entire area, besides damaging the road from Samata to Pabitora. I also told the government that if it doesn’t take steps to evict the cement plant, I’ll the lead the people’s agitation against the cement plant.”
Bora said the cement plant has spelt doom for the people of Dimoria, their culture and tradition. “The area could’ve been projected as a tourists’ spot by showcasing the local culture, craft, wicker works etc. However, the pollution by the cement plant spelt doom for the local culture. The people of Dimoria are now forgetting their culture of community fishing in the beels there before the Bihu. The beels are at receiving end. The Pabitara Wildlife Sanctuary still has around 130 rhinos, besides wild boars, wild buffaloes, and around 350 different species of birds. The cement plant is a direct threat to the biodiversity there, besides the folk culture,” Bora said.
Bora further said: “Another cement company is contemplating on setting up a cement plant at the site. They came to me, but I rejected their proposal outright. So long I’m Dispur MLA, I won’t let anymore cement plant to come up there. Even if a single person raises his/her voice against Star Cement plant at Dimoria, I’ll stand by his/her side.”
Some of the beels that are at the receiving end in the area due to pollution in the area are Bomani Beels, gajan Beel etc.