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KMF Belagavi office vandalized
Monday, 02/03/2015

BELAGAVI: Residents of Mahantesh Nagar who fed up with air pollution by the Karnataka Milk Federation (KMF) dairy, expressed their fury on Monday morning by vandalizing the KMF office.

Residents have been alleging against the extra carbon being smoked by the chimney in the dairy but not received any positive response from the dairy authorities. Belagavi Milk Union of the KMF is one of the largest dairy units in the state. The milk collected from the district is processed here and converted into milk powder and milk products like pedha, lassi and kunda for which city is popular.

When the people resides around the dairy woke at the morning, they shocked as there was a layer of black carbon saturated outside home, on cars, terrace and plants. Angered with this, residents rushed to the dairy premises and broke window glasses and displaced the rakes kept inside dairy. They also pelted stones on the office building and later sat on dharna outside the dairy gate, demanding shifting of the dairy unit and suspension of the managing director.

According to local resident Sanjeev Rachotimath, dairy releases the boiler cleaned chemical water behind the open area of the unit which is causing to the health hazards like itching, asthama etc. Another resident Arun Marennavar alleged that the release of carbon from the chimney is regular, but it was huge scale on Monday. "We found a thick a layer of carbon on the vehicles, roof of the houses. The Pollution Control Board has fully neglected in inspecting the unit here and checking whether the KMF following the guidelines related to environment or not", he said.

Chairman Vivekrao patil met the protesting residents along with the concerned officers of Belagavi City Corporation and heard their problem. Residents withdrew agitation after Patil assured them with solving the problem soon.


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