Toda tribals stage demonstration; residents put to inconvenience
Udhagamandalam: With the situation at the municipal dump yard at Theetukkal near here going from bad to worse people residing nearby, including members of the Toda tribal community took to the streets on Tuesday.
Demanding immediate action they staged demonstrations at a couple of places near the dump yard.
Regretting that despite repeated representations there was no improvement in the maintenance of the dump yard, they said that it was subjecting the residents to considerable inconvenience.
Often the garbage collected from various parts of the town was dumped on the main road passing near the dump yard. The pipes conveying water from the Parsons Valley Hydel Reservoir to Ooty and some other places have been laid along the road.
The waste matter seeping through the air holes posed a major health hazard.
Urging the authorities to prevent contamination of the drinking water, the demonstrators said that henceforth garbage should be dumped only in specified places. The Ooty-Parsons Valley road which was in an appalling state should be repaired without delay.
The demonstrators included the Chieftain of the Toda Community T. Adayalakuttan, the member, Tamil Nadu Tribal Welfare Board, A. Sathyaraj, and Toda social activist Sun Shin.
Among those who held discussions with the demonstrators were the Revenue Divisional Officer, K. Tharpagaraj, the Municipal Commissioner, Seeni Ajmal Khan and the Additional Superintendent of Police S. Munusu.
Mr. Khan pointed out that work on clearing the road of garbage had already been set in motion and assured that a road to transport garbage into the yard will be laid soon.
He added that those dumping carcasses of cows, horses etc in the yard would be fined.
The Block Development Officer, Ramu, said that badly damaged stretches of the 18 km. Ooty-Parsons Valley road would be re-laid and patch works carried out on the remaining.
Some of the Todas also staged a demonstration opposite the Collectorate here.