Activists are concerned at the gradual deterioration of the Thiruneermalai lake with the constant inflow of sewage and dumping of garbage. The recent dumping and burning of medical waste has only added to their worries.
A group of activists was shocked to see a fire near the lake on Tuesday night and on visiting the lake on Wednesday morning, they found burnt medical waste dumped there.
Immediately, residents lodged a complaint with the Chromepet police station.
N. Maran, a resident of Lakshmipuram, said a large quantity of medical substances including medicines were found dumped in the Thiruneermalai Periya Eri near Durga Nagar. A member of the Veeraraghavan Lake Protection Committee, Mr. Maran rued the lack of preventive steps by either officials of the Water Resources Department or the Thiruneermalai Panchayat to stop waste water from the MEPZ flowing into the lake. The inflow of sewage into the sprawling lake, which once served as a drinking water source, had caused immense damage to the quality of water, he added.
V. Santhanam, president, Peoples Awareness Association, complained that the indiscriminate dumping of waste had resulted in thousands of fish dying recently. He wanted the officials of the WRD, which is responsible for maintaining the lake, to take steps against such dumping.