The Dalit Liberation Movement on Monday petition District Collector G. Govindaraj against the setting up of a gasifier crematorium at Ganapathipalayam in Vellakoil municipality.
S. Karuppaiah, state joint general secretary of the organisation, said the construction of the crematorium should be stopped as cases were pending against the project coming up in the said location in Madras High Court and two other lower courts.
“Moreover, the project has been planned originally at L.K.C. Nagar in the heart of Vellakoil town and shifted to the new location under mysterious circumstances after spending some initial amounts on its construction,” he alleged.
The petitioner said that the new location was situated almost 15km from Vellakoil town and hence, it would of little use to the residents of Vellakoil municipality.
When contacted, Vellakoil Municipal Chairman V. Kandasamy told The Hindu that the petitioner had given a distorted picture.
“The new location is just 3.5km from the main Vellakoil town and the location was changed as there was a court order against setting up the crematorium at L.K.C. Nagar on a petition filed by the residents stating that it was close to houses,” he said.
Mr. Kandasamy clarified that a petition filed by an industrial unit against the setting up of the crematorium in the new location in Madras High Court was disposed in the municipality’s favour on October 7 itself and the petitioner’s claim of the case pending in High Court is untrue.
“Now the construction of the crematorium is almost getting over with the State Government allocating Rs. 60 lakh and remaining portion of requisite funds taken from constituency development funds of elected representatives,” he said.
The B.T.R. Nagar Residents Welfare Association on Monday petitioned District Collector G. Govindaraj against the plan to relocate a Tasmac-run liquor outlet and bar, presently functioning in Tirupur city centre, to Amarjyothi Garden.
D. Nagaraj, secretary of the association, said about 1,000 families had been residing in the areas engulfing the location now identified for the Tasmac outlet at Amarjyothi Garden, for many years.
“They are planning to shift the outlet only because that the sales in the present area have dwindled,” he alleged.