With reports of groups of people in various parts of the State boycotting the election in protest on developmental and other issues, residents of Bayakhala village in Selaqui area also boycotted polling on Thursday. The main reason for the boycott was problems resulting from the waste management plant at Shishambada where the municipal waste from Dehradun is disposed. Locals alleged that the government had fooled the people of the area by saying that the plant will be covered and will cause no problems to the residents.
One of the residents Ravinder Bhatt said, “The residents near the area have boycotted the election as the government has fooled us. We have been lucky as many colleges are in our area however the Shishambada plant has spoiled all of it.”
Adding further in this he said, “Before the officials decided to make this plant here they met us and stated that the garbage disposal plant will be formed in a way that the residents will face no problems. They had further mentioned that the plant will be covered and that there would be no garbage outside the plant. However, it is very sad that today the garbage is strewn also in the open and many scavenger birds roam around here because even the bodies of dead animals reach the plant.”
The protesting locals said that they were angry at the authorities dumping the garbage from Dehradun city here and not treating it properly. They claimed that about 200 locals had decided to abstain from voting accusing the authorities of being apathetic to their problems. “We only demand that officials should run the plant as decided which means that the plant should be covered and that no garbage should be strewn outside,” they said.
It will be recalled that locals have been protesting against the stench and pollution resulting from the waste management plant here.
Friday, 12 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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