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Experts oppose asbestos factory

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VIJAYAWADA: Experts and leaders of the People's Organisations United Forum on Monday gave a call to oppose proposed asbestos cement sheets factory at Narasimharao Palem in Veerulapalem mandal in Krishna district as it would harm the lives of people in nearby villages.

At a round table organised here, environmental expert Babu Rao, and Jana Vignana Vedika leader Jampa Krishna Kishore said the people should express their disapproval to the asbestos factory at the public hearing to be held on April 21.

They said Pune-based Sahyadri Industries proposed to establish this plant with a capacity of 1.8 lakh tonnes.

Stating that the use of asbestos had been banned in 55 countries for its life-threatening qualities, Prof. Babu Rao alleged that the people's representatives and industrialists were colluding to establish such dangerous factories with least regard for public safety. He said a large number of workers and ordinary people died because of pollutionfrom asbestos plants.

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