Stone cutting units served ultimatum

When Shashikala (name changed on request) moved to Bank of Baroda (BOB) Colony in 7th Phase JP Nagar, she didn’t expect that she would have to spend so many sleepless nights. Loud noise from three granite cutting and polishing units nearby, working round the clock, has kept her awakeand other residents of the neighbourhood.

Add to this, the dust from these units has forced the resident to keep their doors and windows shut. "Because of the noise and the dust, we have to keep the doors and windows closed," said another resident on the condition of anonymity. The residents added that they live with the noise and dust, as they are wary of the consequences of complaining.

Stone cutting unit at JP Nagar Pic- Yogaraj Mudalgi

B V Subramaniam, 42, another resident nearby for nearly two years, said that things used to be much worse a year ago when there were many more such units in the vicinity. "Seven or eight such units were there before. Several of them have closed down and its slightly better," he said.

Three granite cutting and polishing units – Ashwini, Alankar and Vijaya Granites, owned by the same family, have been running since 1988 near 4th Main road, BOB Colony. The locality is mostly residential with middle-class families. Even when these units started off the area was not marked as industrial.

Owner of Alankar Granites, Ravi Reddy conceded that the units run round-the-clock but denied that they are causing nuisance to anybody. "We know the neighbours well. We have received no complaints," he said. The other owners were not available for comment. The large blades of the cutters make the jarring noise when they grind against the stone while it is being cut.

Santosh Kumar, environmental officer, Bommanahalli Zone BBMP, said that they have not received any complaints from residents about the stone cutting units. "We will take action if we receive any complaints," he said.

Stone crusher
Pic- Yogaraj Mudalgi

Citizen Matters impact

When Citizen Matters informed D Rajesh, environmental officer at Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) South division, of the situation, he inspected the units next day along with this reporter. He was told by Reddy that the units would soon be shifting to Anekal and Hosur.

Reddy’s unit did not even have a clearance certificate, KSPCB. Rajesh instructed that an undertaking, on a stamp paper, stating that the units will be shifted by April, has to be provided before Monday 21 November. He warned that power supply would be cut off, if the three units did not submit the undertakings.

Though the deadline had passed by the time the report was being published, no undertaking was given. Rajesh said "the owners have asked for a day’s time to submit the undertaking. We will initiate action if they don’t submit by tomorrow."

He added that, permission to continue operating in JP Nagar, even if the undertaking is submitted, will be decided by the Technical Advisory Committee shortly.

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Yogaraj Mudalgi works in the educational training industry and takes an interest in all things happening in Bangalore.

13 Comments

  1. Dear Sir,

    Machines are still enjoying the democracy of India. seems we common people don’t have right to live in India now.

  2. Dear Sir,

    Please help us its night 12:30 and machines are running in full pace. Seems my head will blast due to noise pollution. Please help us sir.

  3. ear Sir, Now Dead line of April is also over but there is no impact still machines owner enjoying the independence of India on the cost in common peoples health.Machines are running 24*7. Many time notices are issued to them but they didn’t stopped. People are suffering from Severe noise pollution but they don’t care because it is independent India and no one listens the common man. lot of kids and old age persons are there in surrounding there is severe health impact on them but who cares? Only common person can have last hope on media. I don’t know till how many years we have to suffer like that or we will die in in this situation only…

  4. Hello Sir,

    I am also the resident of this area since long time surprise to see that first time some one cover this issue.i hearty thanks to you, i am also suffering from years i don’t know how may more years we have to suffer. Seems only these kind of people enjoying the independence of India we common people just meant for suffering.no one cares that mass of public is suffering from this day and night pollution we had some hope with media only.

  5. Manju,

    I am representing a lot of residents of this area and we are taking this case up with the environment officials. Please get in touch with us and drop in your phone number to coordinate the effort at rahul_rai_74@yahoo.com

  6. Dear Sir,

    These machines are still running 24*7 there is no impact on them. i dont know any one will listen the commmon man in india or not.

  7. Dear Sir,

    These machines are still running 24*7 there is no impact on them. i dont know any one will listen the commmon man in india or not.

  8. Dear Sir,

    First i would like to thank you to covering this issue.i will be greatful to you for whole life.
    But Sir Machines are still running in the Area. i dont know it will be stoped or not. I may die because of the noise pollution level some times it goes beyond the limit and my BP becomes very high.Sir could you please contact the KSPCB Wether they submitted the undertaking or not.

  9. Dear Sir,

    First i would like to thank you to covering this issue.i will be greatful to you for whole life.
    But Sir Machines are still running in the Area. i dont know it will be stoped or not. I may die because of the noise pollution level some times it goes beyond the limit and my BP becomes very high.Sir could you please contact the KSPCB Wether they submitted the undertaking or not.

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