New Delhi, Aug.28 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary on Friday candidly admitted before the Full Commission of the NHRC on 25th of this month that the pollution caused by the furnaces for extraction of fat from animal remains in Meerut is a serious issue concerning the health of citizens.
He assured that there would be no compromise on public health and all necessary steps would be taken to check pollution.
The District Magistrate, Meerut, said that 24 teams have been constituted to ensure that illegal furnaces for extraction of fat are not allowed to operate.
The various entry points through which animal remains were being brought into the city have been plugged.
However, the district administration sought some time to develop synergy with all stakeholders and the other government agencies before taking steps for removal of the furnaces in the city.
Various aspects of the issue were discussed in this connection during the hearing. The Chief Secretary informed that an appropriate programme of action will be chalked out and the action plan will be submitted to the Commission in a week's time.
It may be recalled that the National Human Rights Commission had summoned Chief Secretary, Uttar Pradesh, DIG-cum-SSP, DM, Municipal Commissioner, Meerut and Chairman, State Pollution Control Board to appear in person on 25th of this month before the Full Commission on the issue of non-compliance of Commission's recommendations on closure of illegal abattoir and about two hundred furnaces in use for extraction of animal bone fat in the city.
The Commission had said that it had been trying to provide some relief to the inhabitants of Meerut from this pollution causing illegal activity, but despite the assurances given to it by the DM and Municipal Commissioner Meerut in person on 3rd June, the illegal furnaces and abattoir were not removed. The Commission took up this matter on a complaint filed by Mr. Ajay K. Agarwal, Advocate, Supreme Court. (ANI)