The representatives of eight panchayat of Sundernagar Sub Division Distt Mandi urged the Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to direct the ACC Cement Company Authorities (Which is running Cement Plant adjoining to these areas) to provide various facilities to the residents of these panchayats, which the A.C.C Authorities was providing to affected persons of Distt Bilaspur.

The residents of Panchayats namely Baroti, Dehar, Kangoo, Dhawal, Jarol, Slapper and Salwana submitted memorandum to D.C Mandi Amandeep Garg addressed to Chief Minister the copy of which was today released here to media persons. With the memorandum the resolutions of these eight pancyats and R.T.I information stating that these panchayats were affected by pollution caused by the A,C,C Cement Plant Barmana situated in Distt Bilaspur (situated adjoining to these Panchayats in the boundary of Distt Bilaspur). It was stated in the memorandum that the residents living in 31 villages comprising 5000 families constituting a total population of more than 22000 of these eight panchayats were the worst affected due to pollution caused by ACC Cement factory and they have been suffering with various diseases but the Govt never bothered to compensate these peoples either by providing employment in the factory or by giving health facilities .It was further told that domestic animals population in these panchayats was more than 9000 but these were also affecting and dying due to various diseases .

The residents demanded benefits which were given by the ACC Cement Company to the affected residents of Distt Bilaspur. They demanded that the vehicles of these penchants be also attached in the Cement factory for the transportation. The residents urged the C.M that ACC Cement Plant authorities be directed to use anti polluting device so that the pollution prevailing in this area be minimized.

According to Sunder lal, Dillip Kumar, Jai Lal, Balbir Singh, Prem Singh, Khem Raj, Shyam lal, ChanderMani, Amarjeet, Roop lal and Vijay Kumar All office bearers of Maa Sheetla ACC
affected Tarsport Committee they will soon meet chief Minister and apprise him with the problem which was being faced by the residents of these panchyats for last more than two decades when the ACC Cement Factory was started at Barana. They said that though the Distt administration admit that these panchyats were affected with the pollution of ACC Cement Factory they urged that were given step motherly treatment on the other hand ACC was giving sufficient amount for the developmental works to the affected residents of Distt Bilaspur. According to office of D.C Mandi the memorandum was forwarded to the Chief Minister for necessary action.

Mahesh Chander Sharma