Mining: blasts destroying environment in Yasen

Mining: blasts destroying environment in Yasen

Weekly Bang-e-sahar karachi Saturday, August 30, ——September 5, 2008

By Our Correspondent
YASEN: The incessant blasting in Yasen-Gandai in search of mineral is leading to environmental pollution in the area besides causing depression among the residents.
So far the workers of a company engaged in the area have carried out about four thousand blasts which reportedly led to bursting of a nearby glacier.
People fear that the blasts if not stopped could also lead to spread of various diseases among the people of the region.
This was stated by Mohammad Madad Shah, chairman of a committee formed to protect the rights of the people and resources of Ganday while talking to local media persons.
He alleged that a glacier situated at the altitude of about 13,000 feet, which is the source of water of the Gandai nullah, had been damaged by the blasts.
He said within a period of only one month natural resources worth about Rs100 million were extracted from beneath the glacier by the company and sold in the market.
He said they had submitted an application to the local police to register a case against the company on the charge of polluting the environment and looting the resources of the area without entering into a lease agreement with the local people. However, he regretted that the police had remained a silent spectator and were not pursuing the case.


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