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‘Incinerator turning village into graveyard’

People from several villages around A. Mukkulam taking out a rally against a private incinerator at Kariyapatti on Thursday.MA26-RALLY

People from several villages around A. Mukkulam taking out a rally against a private incinerator at Kariyapatti on Thursday.MA26-RALLY  

Former Minister says pollution will spread diseases

With the high-level of pollution caused by a private incinerator that had reportedly claimed several lives in villages around A. Mukkulam, the village could get the dubious distinction of the “graveyard” of Tamil Nadu, said former State Minister Thangam Thennarasu.

Addressing a massive all-party protest meeting organised here on Thursday, the Tiruchuli MLA, belonging to the DMK, said that Chennai was known as the ‘Detroit of the South’, Thanjavur as the ‘Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu’.

But at a time when the people of several villages around A. Mukkulam were protesting against the incinerator where biomedical waste, including human organs, were being burnt, the district administration had allowed a second unit of dumping dyeing unit waste on the same premises.

“It looks like the increased pollution is going to spread diseases among the people of more villages, and A. Mukkulam would be called the ‘graveyard of Tamil Nadu’ in the future,” he said.

After the revolutionary protest by the youth demanding jallikattu and the protest in Neduvasal against hydrocarbon extraction, the villagers, especially women who gathered in large numbers, had created a revolution by uniting all parties for the common cause.

“If the State Government that had earlier promised to close down the polluting unit of Ramky Energy and Environment Limited, the protest would snowball with national leaders converging for a massive protest in Virudhunagar district,” Mr. Thennarasu said.

The MLA said that people should create awareness of the ill-effects of the “deadly plant” among other villagers so that they would realise the lurking danger, he added.

Leaders of various political parties, including former MLA Ramasamy (CPI), Arjunan (CPI-M), C. Raja (Congress), Balagangadaran (AIADMK Puratchi Thalaivi Amma), Murugan (VCK) and Pounraj (Puthiya Tamilagam), took part in the protest.

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