Foul smell from liquor factories prompts protest

Unable to bear the stench of waste water discharged from neighbouring liquor factories and garbage generated by factories, some 100 residents in Shwe Pyi Thar Township staged a protest Tuesday.

“We did it as we faced unhealthy problem because of waste water from these factories. They have to manage their sanitation systematically,” said Ko Soe Moe, organiser of the demonstration.

The liquor factories are located in Factory Zone (1) and protestors gathered in front of factory along Ingyin Road, in Shwe Pyi Thar Township

During the morning protest, residents demanded authorities to shut down undisciplined factories immediately, get rid of the foul smell and protect the environment, said Ko Myo Min Min, spoken person of Labor association in Shwe Pyi Thar Township.

“We don’t aim to shut down these factories if they managed the waste water properly. We suffered from these effects for about a year and it has become they became worse and worse” said Ko Myo Min Min.

To calm down the protesters, U Tin Shwe, owner of Shwe Oe factory, explained about the factory’s conditions and requested the residents to wait for about six months.

“The waste water treatment plant is still being build and it will be completed within 6 months. If there were to be a shut down, many workers would become jobless,” U Tin Shwe said.

There are totally six liquor factories in Shwe Pyi Thar township’s factories Zone (1) – Shang He, Top One, PMG, Shwe Oe and Tawwin.

Source : Myanmar Times

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