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Villagers seek closure of private solid waste treatment plant

The Hindu, 27 January, 2014


SALEM: Stating that the untreated solid waste were dumped in open causing environmental hazardousness, a resolution was passed in the Grama Sabha meeting at Chettichavadi Panchayat here on Sunday seeking closure of the private company and also removal of the dumped waste, both inside and outside the plant premises.


The City Municipal Corporation supplies about 250 metric tonnes of garbage to the Gujarat-based company every day for waste segregation.


But the plant was non-functional frequently and hence the untreated garbage was dumped in the inert pit outside the plant every day.


The highly contaminated garbage leachate infiltrates into the ground polluting the ground water in the entire area. “About 65 per cent of the ground water was polluted affecting the plants and trees. Drinking water for the 10,000-odd people in the Panchayat and in the corporation wards in Guhai areas were supplied from quarry located near the dumping yard”, villagers said, who under the banner Chettichavadi Protection Iyakkam (CVPI) has began a campaign. They added that piling up of garbage attracts bees and insects that in turn affect them apart from bad odour emanating in the area.


About 533 villagers submitted petitions to the Panchayat president C. Ezhumalai demanding that the company be closed immediately and the corporation remove all the garbage.


They say that the company has violated the rules and demanded action against officials concerned and also conduct a survey to study the environmental degradation because of the company. Mr. Ezhumalai told The Hindu that the resolution would be submitted to the Block Development Officer, who in turn, would forward to the District Collector for necessary action. ‘If needed petition would be submitted to the Collector during the grievance day meeting’, he added.