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NGO seeks remedy for environmental pollution

P.V.V. MURTHI, The Hindu, 27 January, 2014


VELLORE: The SOLAI (Social Life Animation India) Program, a non-governmental organization in Christianpet near Vellore has addressed a petition to the Tamil Nadu State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) against the violation perpetrated by the Vandranthangal village panchayat in Katpadi panchayat union.


It says that the panchayat has not taken any action to prevent flow of sewerage of the panchayat into the agro-based training farm-cum-organic farm being developed by SOLAI in the Vandranthangal village.


For the poor


SOLAI Program is engaged in advocacy work with rights perspective in the area of Nature conservation management in general and in particular for the livelihood rights of the poor communities dependent on natural resources.


Submitting a petition addressed to Baskaran, Member, SHRC on behalf of the neighbourhoods affected by the environmental pollution with the aim of seeking a solution to the problem and enable the NGO to continue its environmental mission, R.T. Rajan, Director of SOLAI said that he has given a hectare of his own land to SOLAI for the farm skills upgradation among poor women farmers. But the land is now submerged in drainage water to a depth of five feet. It has thus turned uncultivable.


Work incomplete


The SOLAI Director said that the Vandranthangal panchayat has left incomplete a drainage channel which passes through the entrance of the organic farm.


The unchecked open flow of sewage water and the stagnation of dirty water at a distance of 1000 m upsets the ecology of the place. It pollutes the air and agricultural resources like soil, water and beneficial biota, around the place.




The entrance of the training farm is also polluted due to garbage accumulation. The obnoxious smell emanating from it creates a displeasure among the trainees.


Sewage water stagnating on the road side makes the training farm unfit for cultivation. The uncontrollable growth of giant weeds had destroyed, at the fruit-bearing stage, more than 200 trees. (The tree saplings were supplied by the National Horticultural Mission).


“The violation of human rights and the consequences thereof are the results of sheer negligence at different levels”. The Vandranthangal panchayat had executed the construction work and abruptly stopped it. The panchayat began the earth work and as a result the approach way to the farm has been blocked.


Despite several representations by the director and programme director (women farmers) to the village panchayat president, the Block Development Officer of Katpadi block and the Project Director of the District Rural Development Agency for necessary action, nothing has materialized.


Under these circumstances, the SOLAI Program has appealed to the SHRC to take cognizance of this human rights violation, summon the authorities concerned, and pass appropriate orders for redressal.