Stone crushing plants fuelling air pollution in Quetta

Dust from 25 crushing plants has gradually increased the air pollution


Muhammad Zafar August 11, 2021
Rs1 billion has been allocated for the construction of roads in stone crushing area. PHOTO: MUHAMMAD JAVAID

QUETTA:

Twenty-five crushing plants have become an obstacle in efforts to decontaminate Quetta and are increasing air pollution in the capital city of the largest province.

A large number of people suffering from asthma have had their flights canceled several times due to air pollution.

Dust from 25 crushing plants has gradually increased the air pollution. Authorities concerned have noted that at times the air pollution level is so high that the arrival and departure of planes in Quetta is also affected.

According to the records of the Department of Minerals, 25 crushing plants in Quetta produce 50,000 tons of gravel annually, which brings the provincial government Rs25 million in royalties.

The gravel from these crush plants not only meets the needs of Quetta but is also used in ongoing development projects in the country.

The Balochistan High Court has also expressed anger over the situation and ordered authorities to shift these plants out of the city as it has been impacting the natural beauty of the city.

Importantly, even if the work is done in urban areas and in close proximity to the population, it not only creates environmental problems but also has detrimental effects on human health.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 11th, 2021.

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