Molasses spills from Gurdaspur sugar mill into Beas, villagers protest

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Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR
| Amritsar |
Published: May 18, 2018 6:54:21 am


Dead fish found in Beas River Thursday. (Express photo)

A massive quantity of molasses from a private sugar mill in a Gurdaspur village has spilled into the Beas river, triggering anger and outrage among people in villages downstream, and raising concerns for the Harike lake and wetlands 110 km away, into which it flows.

Officials said that from Wednesday morning to Thursday afternoon, 10,000 kilolitres of molasses spilled into the Beas at Kiri Afghana village from Chadha Sugar Industry Pvt Ltd. The spill was, however, reported on Thursday morning to the Amritsar district administration by some residents of Beas, the town named after the river. District forest officer Charanjit Singh said the impact of the spill was being “assessed” and filed a police…

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