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Cause of concern: Pollution adversely affecting Darbar Sahib structure

November 14, 2013 | By

Amritsar/ Chandigarh (November 14, 2013): It is learnt that the experts from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) have submitted a report to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in which it has been stated that pollution caused by industries, generator sets, ‘tandoors’ (clay ovens) of restaurants around the Darbar Sahib (Amritsar) and burning of crop stubble by the farmers is adversely affecting the structure and structural glory of Darbar Sahib (Amritsar).

A view of fireworks at Darbar Sahib

A view of fireworks at Darbar Sahib

A team of experts from IIT, Delhi, which was assigned to study the effect of environmental pollution on the marble and gold used in the structure, submitted its interim report to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on November 12, 2013. According to a news reported by Daily Ajit, a Punjabi vernacular, said that the team focused on a 10-km radius around the shrine complex to collect data on pollutants.

As per information a division bench of the High Court, headed by Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, told the Punjab government to take action as per the recommendations of the experts and file a status report.

The Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) had contributed Rs 4 Lakh towards expenses of the study while the remaining Rs 2 Lakh was given by the Amritsar Municipal Corporation.

It is notable that one Gursewak Singh had written a letter to Punjab and Haryana High Court taking up the matter. According to Daily Ajit, Gursewak Singh’s letter was treated as a petition by the High Court.

As per information the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) tied up with IIT, Delhi, for the study. The PPCB has already set-up an air ambient plant at the Darbar Sahib to measure air pollution and a rainwater sampling plant to check water pollution.

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