Locals protest proposed truck terminal in Paradip

Paradip: Locals under the banner of ’29-Mauja Anchalika Suraksha Samiti’ have launched a protest today opposing the proposed construction of an ultra-modern truck terminal near Bhutamundai in Paradip. According to sources, the samiti members opposed the terminal citing threat of pollution and instead demanded construction of a super specialty hospital at the site. The agitating locals turned away the technicians who came to the site today to conduct survey and take measurements.

The samiti members said that the proposed terminal would increase anti-social activities in the area and suggested that the terminal should be constructed on the unused land near the Mahanadi River bed.

“We want the people to be healthy for which we are demanding the construction of a Super Specialty hospital. The truck terminal will increase pollution in the area,” said 29-Mauja Anchalika Suraksha Samiti member, Premananda Pani.

On the other hand, the Truck Owners’ Association has been urging the district administration to construct the truck terminal as soon as possible.

“We have been demanding a truck terminal for a long time now. However, the administration is taking no action in this regard,” said Chaila Chandra Jena, President of Jagannath Truck Owners’ Association, Paradip.

The district administration officials were not available for comments on the matter.