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Ban dumping of garbage in Palar, say activists

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“No action taken despite repeated representations”

Volunteers of Palar Protection Awareness Movement staging a demonstration in front of TNPCB office in Vellore on Wednesday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
Volunteers of Palar Protection Awareness Movement staging a demonstration in front of TNPCB office in Vellore on Wednesday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Volunteers of Palar Padhugappu Vizhippunarvu Iyakkam (Palar Protection Awareness Movement), Vellore district, residents of Kangeyanallur, members of women self-help groups, male youths and students staged a demonstration in front of the Vellore district office of Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) at Gandhinagar here on Wednesday.

They were demanding a ban by TNPCB on dumping of garbage and discharge of sewage by Vellore Corporation and hospitals into the Palar River.

The agitators pointed out that groundwater in residential areas starting from Kangeyanallur to Keezhminnal has been polluted by municipal sewage effluents, drainage water and garbage dumped and discharged into the river by the Vellore Corporation and various hospitals.

According to a notice issued by Palar Protection Awareness Movement, no action has been taken to prevent the pollution of the river despite repeated representations given to the TNPCB, Vellore Corporation, District Collector and Christian Medical College Hospital.

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