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Jalalabad air, water get polluted by factories inside the city

Jalalabad air, water get polluted by factories inside the city

Jun 27, 2017 - 12:04

JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The Environmental Protection Department has said the presence of factories inside the city polluted the air and water of Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province.

According to the Commerce and Industry Department (CID) as many as 243 factories were functional in Jalalabad, of them around 200 were active in the heart of the provincial capital.

  CID Director Sher Alam Amlawal told Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview that the presence of the growing number of factories in Jalalabad was insecurity in other areas of the province.

He said the businessmen feared the installation of factories outside Jalalabad may posed them a security threat and thus most of the factories were functional in the city.

He said two Industrial Parks were present in Jalalabad, the Shaikh Msri Industrial Park where 50 factories were functional and the Ghazi Amanullah Khan Industrial Park which yet to made functional.

He said: “The security and electricity issues of Shaikh Mesri Industrial Park have been resolved while the Ghazi Amanullah Khan Park was yet to be made functional.”

Amlawal said if security and electricity issue is resolved the businessmen preferred to out of the city and establish their factories in other areas as the rates of rent in Jalalabad was higher than the places on the outskirts of the city.

Haji Toar Malang, head of the Nangarhar Industries Union (NIU), said the security situation were dangerous in the far-flung areas therefore most of the businessmen invested inside the city.

The non-availability of electricity in remote areas was another issue due to which the industrialist preferred establishing factories inside the city.

Subhanullah Pach, the resident of Jalalabad City, said beside his house is the steel mill and they have been suffering from the smog from the fog when the factory is functioning.

The smog even entered their rooms, he added.

Abdul Qader Dardman, a doctor who run private clinic, said most of their patients suffered illness due to the smog of factories and Rickshaws.

He asked the industrialist to remove their factories from the city and asked the people to grow more trees and prefer living inside their homes.

Environmental experts believed the presence of industries in the city and populated area polluted the air and water of that area.