A ready-mix concrete (RMC) plant near Aarey Milk Colony in suburban Mumbai was shut down by the Pollution Control Board after complaints that it was polluting the area with cement dust.
The Hindustan Times reports that the plant on Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road, Andheri (East) was dismantled. An RMC plant is a factory or batching plant where cement mix is manufactured in large quantities, mostly used for construction purposes.
Earlier, the publication reported that a group, Watchdog Foundation, had alleged that the plant was causing air pollution in a radius of 500 metres and was affecting plant and animal life in the area around Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Aarey.
“Following the newspaper report in May, our sub-regional officers carried out an investigation of the plant,” said MR Lad, Regional Officer, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB). “We found that the dust separation and control systems were not in place. After repeated notices, the plant failed to comply with our directives and we were forced to shut it down.”