Even as fire tenders fought to extinguish the fire that broke out again on Thursday at Valampurivilai compost yard, residents living in and around the area have sought the administration to relocate the yard to another site.
According to sources, three fire tenders and three JCPs were pressed in to service to extinguish the fire.
A thick blanket of smoke covered the entire area and the residents found it difficult to breathe in the foul smelling air.
Fearing health issues, they have urged the Health department to carry out preventive measures immediately.
Meantime president of Consumer Protection Association, S. R. Sree Ram has urged the government to shift the compost yard from the thickly populated area to some other remote place.
He told ‘The Hindu' that the present yard, was situated in a sprawling 15 acres in the central part of the town. Garbage from the town limit was being dumped in the yard for the last 50 years.
Moreover, the wastes accumulated in the coastal areas during tsunami and also plastic items were dumped here.
As a result there was frequent outbreak of fire.
He said that it was highly polluted and it would cause problems to those living in V. N. Colony, Pavalar Colony, Vaidyanathapuram, Irulappapuram, Periyavilai etc.
Hence, the consumer forum has demanded the district administration to shift this yard from Valampurivilai to some other remote place. The forum has also urged the Government to convert the Valampurivilai yard in to a herbal park with an intention to attract both the domestic and foreign tourists.
It was also pointed out that the district administration had earlier planned to set up a herbal park at an estimated cost of Rs. 7 crore with 80 percent financial assistance from the Central Government, 10 percent from the state government and the remaining 10 percent from Nagercoil municipality after shifting the yard to some other place.
The then Collector Ashish Kumar, in fact, had also directed the municipal authorities to take immediate steps to shift the yard and turn it into a herbal park but yet nothing has happened, pointed out Mr. Sree Ram.
It has been sought to shift Valampurivialai compost yard and turn the existing place into a herbal park