More instances of unauthorised dumping of bio-medical substances in the city has come to light as a large quantity of hospital waste was discovered recently at Chettipalayam-Podanur Road.
The officials of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) were alerted and have been requested to remove the waste, which could pose a threat to public health.
In a press release issued here, V. Eswaran, secretary of the youth wing of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), appealed to the district administration to warn hospitals of stringent legal action for dumping medical waste rather than disposing of them properly.
He has submitted a petition to the District Collector M. Karunagaran pressing this point.
Some toxic substances were also found dumped on the grounds near the Chettipalayam-Podanur Road, which was posing a health threat to the children who play in the grounds.
He alleged that a majority of such bio-medical wastes originated in Kerala. He said that a truck was seized last week near the Vellalore Compost yard was found to have contained waste from Angamaly, located around 40 km from Kochi.
This was only one of the several such instances that have been happening unchecked for years. Trucks containing wastes from various industries such as meat, construction, health, chemicals, plastic and industry in Kerala were being unscrupulously dumped into Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, these trucks came in groups of between five and ten to dump waste here by digging pits and burying the waste. Now these operators were trying to slip in one or two trucks to evade detection. He appealed to the State Government to ban movement of truck containing waste material from Kerala into Tamil Nadu.