After a video of polluted water being released from a tubewell in Aloarkh village of the district went viral, Youth SAD leaders today submitted an application to the SHO, Bhawanigarh, for registering an FIR against the owners of the industry, which was closed 15 years back.

Residents alleged the industry had polluted the groundwater before closure, while the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) were contesting a case in a local court to recover Rs 2-crore penalty from the owners of the closed industry.

“The government has failed to even recover the penalty from the owners. It should look into the matter urgently,” said Simar Partap Singh Barnala, Sangrur Youth Akali Dal chief, after submitting the complaint to the SHO, along with farmers of the area.

Senior officers of the Agriculture Department, Sangrur, said polluted water was being released from four tubewells of Aloarkh village, of which one belonged to Kulwinder Singh, two to Amritpal Singh and another one was in the panchayat land.

Source: 11 July, 2021, The Tribune