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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:43 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:43 AM (IST)

Villagers protest, want ‘illegal’ brick kiln near Devika shifted

Will submit a memorandum to Jammu DC on June 18
Villagers protest, want ‘illegal’ brick kiln near Devika shifted
Jandrah villagers protest near a dried up water spring on the bank of the Devika. Tribune Photo

Tribune News Service

Jammu, June 13

Residents of Jandrah village on Wednesday staged a protest against the alleged illegal operation of a brick kiln close to the Devika river and demanded its immediate shifting to restore the sanctity of the religious place.

Raising slogans against the district administration for allowing the illegal brick kiln to operate in the area,the residents decided to submit a memorandum to Jammu Deputy Commissioner Rajeev Rajan on June 18 in support of their demand.

“The brick kiln has led to the drying up of the sacred Devika river, which holds great historic and religious importance for the people of the region. We have decided to take the struggle to a logical conclusion. The brick kiln, which has been operating illegally, should be shifted immediately as it has serious impact on the health of the area residents, besides eroding the religious sanctity of the river,” the protesters said.

They said the water springs at the Devika had dried up due to the functioning of the brick kiln while the people had been facing difficulty in performing the last rites of their loved ones.

“There is no water available as all springs have dried up. Besides, the brick kiln has polluted the entire area,” they said, adding “the brick kiln has been constructed illegally on an agricultural land in a residential area and has been running for the past one decade”.

The residents alleged that the owner of the brick kiln had got two borewells dug up, which continue to run round the clock, making a serious impact on the ground water level in the area.

Meanwhile, National Conference provincial president and Nagrota MLA Devender Singh Rana took serious note of the “illegal” operation of the brick kiln in the area and said he had taken up the matter with the Jammu DC and the tehsildar concerned, asking him for its immediate closure. “We cannot allow anyone to play with the lives of the people,” he added.

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