Joint Action Committee JAC against the establishing of the Khoirom Minor Industrial Estate (MIE) in the residential area has demanded to shift the MIE from Yairipok Khoirom Mathak Leikai, Thoubal to another area or close it down, citing that the MIE has adversely affected surrounding people’s health and peace.
Speaking to the media at Manipur Press Club on Wednesday, JAC spokesperson Lourembam Mani said that the Khoirom Minor Industrial Estate, Yairipok, Thoubal district measuring 2.196 acres was established without the consent of surrounding pattadars.
To the south of the estate, there is Thoubal River and to the north just about 100 meters there are houses of villagers, he said. The people settled close to the MIE are highly disturbed by the jarring sounds of five sow mills throughout the day, affecting normal lives of the people especially to the students, sick and aged, he mentioned.
The smoke emitted by the two plywood units and two store crushers are polluting the air and the Thoubal river as well, and the health of the residents have been adversely affected as a result, he maintained.
The mud and earth dropped by the tippers from the approach road of the MIE to the main road of Yairipok Kasom Khullen road has made the road muddy and unsafe for driving after the rain, putting the life of the commuters in danger.
Representing the villagers, he drew the attention of the authorities concerned to take necessary steps at the earliest. Keeping the MIE at Yairipok Khoirom and causing harm to the health of the residents tantamount to violations of human rights of the locality, and it goes against the charter of the United Nations and Indian laws on human rights, he pointed out.
He further informed that there are already five sow mills, two plywood units and two crushers, and five more plywood units are being constructed.