The Public Awareness Association of Udhagamandalam has expressed concern over the indiscriminate sinking of bore wells in various parts of the district.

At a meeting of the association held here on Wednesday, participants regretted that on account of bore wells being sunk with scant regard to the laws of nature, many of the regular wells have dried up.

The need to carry out surprise inspections to check the quality of bottled water being sold or served in this holiday destination was also stressed.

The meeting lamented that notwithstanding objections from various sections of the society, work on converting a marshland near the Central Bus Stand here into a parking lot has started.

Officials of the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department should go all out to weed out the thriving practice of selling artificially-ripened fruits.

The meeting condemned the callous outlook of officials and elected representatives towards civic problems like sewage overflowing on the main roads, particularly near the ATC bus stand and the Goods Shed Road.

The Government Higher Secondary School ground should be maintained properly. The library constructed with Hill Area Development Programme (HADP) funds at Bombay Castle should be opened. The maintenance of the Guinness Park on the outskirts of Ooty should be handed over to the Department of Horticulture. A dialysis unit should be set up at the Government Headquarters Hospital. Association president G. Janardhanan presided.

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