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Concern over dumping of silt

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The smell emanating from the silt was nauseating, say residents

Affecting environment:The silt removed from the Ooty Lake dumped at Fern Hill near Udhagamandalam. —Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Affecting environment:The silt removed from the Ooty Lake dumped at Fern Hill near Udhagamandalam. —Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

With work on de-silting the Kodappamund channel as part of a project to clean the Ooty lake gathering pace, the agencies engaged in the work have started dumping the silt in various places like Fernhill and the pine forest along the Ooty-Lovedale road.

Sewage

This has been objected to by those residing nearby particularly in Fernhill and its surroundings. Their grievance was that it affects the environment and the smell emanating from the silt was nauseating as the channel had over the years become the main conveyor of the town’s sewage and other refuse.

Meanwhile, Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) enthusiasts regretted that the road at Fern Hill on which silt was being dumped ran on the top of one of the railway tunnels.

Pointing out that the area had been declared as weak many years ago they feared that the tunnel would be affected.

The Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik, told The Hindu that the spot at Fernhill had been chosen after an inspection was carried out by the Highways authorities.

She added that after the silt dries up it would be levelled. The railway authorities would be requested to inspect the tunnel and carry out a study on the impact of the silt being dumped on the road above it.

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