Ahmedabad: Villagers from Nagrama and Tranja in Kheda district’s Matar taluka submitted a memorandum to the Kheda Collectorate in Nadiad on Monday, demanding that a local bio-waste processing unit be shut down.

The memorandum states, ‘There is a constant bad smell around this unit of Cluster Enviro Pvt. Ltd, which is located on the Tranja–Nagrama Road. We feel that the company is not disposing of the waste properly, and are concerned that the drinking water pipeline may be contaminated with the chemical effluent. If that happens, then 34 villages in the area will be affected.”

The protestors—who chanted slogans threatening to boycott the district’s panchayat election, to be held later this month, unless their demand is met immediately—included sitting Kheda MP Devusinh Chauhan and Matar MLA Kesrisinh Solanki, both of whom are aligned with the ruling BJP.

Former Matar MLA Rakesh Rao, who was part of the protest, said, “The government runs campaigns regarding public health, so it has to ensure the health of these villagers who are facing problems due to these chemical units. We have submitted a memorandum to the authorities. If they fail to take action, we will also take the matter to court.”