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Siruthuli enters third year

V.S. Palaniappan

COIMBATORE: Siruthuli, a citizen's movement involved in conservation of water bodies towards the creation of a cleaner and greener Kovai, is entering its third year.

The movement has been striving to make its citizens join its "Pasumai Payanam" initiative. On the eve of the second anniversary celebrations being organised at VOC park in the city on Sunday evening, the citizens of Coimbatore could join Siruthuli to water "Kalpavriksha", a tree that symbolises the quest of Coimbatoreans for a greener Kovai. Saplings would be given to encourage and motivate urban afforestation drive.

Vanitha Mohan, Managing Trustee of Siruthuli, said that various events including cultural events and distribution of saplings to institutions would be organised. The organisation had planned to plant 1-lakh saplings during the coming monsoon season at the Lakshmi Machine Works, Coimbatore District Small Scale Industries Association campus, Central Reserve Police Force campus, Coimbatore Central Prison campus, Police Training School and in Corporation premises. "These organisations have come forward to plant and maintain saplings in their premises". The Annapoorna Hotels would conduct a "dosa festival" to make the evening a memorable outing for Coimbatoreans.

She said that the civic body would not incur any huge expenditure by shifting the dumping yard from its present location at Vellalore to the new site near Madukkarai as the additional distance for transporting the urban waste was just 4 km. The garbage generated in Coimbatore every day was estimated to be 400-500 tonnes.

A dumping yard

She said the Siruthuli had identified limestone excavated quarries in Madukkarai, 14 km from the city, for establishing a dumping yard. A geological study conducted there had established the suitability of the site. There were no human habitations nearby and as the land was rocky, the chance of ground water contamination was remote.

She pointed out that the people of Vellalore had been on a warpath demanding shifting of the garbage-dumping yard from their region since it was a health hazard. Referring to the work done by the organisation in and around Coimbatore for the past two years, she said it had spent about Rs 2.5 crore in areas such as rainwater harvesting, waste water management, preventing environmental degradation and increasing green cover.

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