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Asbestos Unit Disturbs Chainpur's Peace

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An 18 hectare plot straddling lychees orchards and farms in Chainpur village of Muzaffarpur district is in the middle of a dispute. Balmukund Cement and Roofing Ltd, a cement and roofing company, is constructing an asbestos fibre and cement roofing plant on the land. Villagers nearby are opposing it because they say the company bought land from them on the pretext of building a farmhouse but instead started constructing the factory. The Chainpur villagers say the construction is illegal since the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has not given environmental clearance to the project. The mandatory public hearing is yet to be held.

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