KERALA

Stir against china clay mining to resume

Local residents will resume their agitation against china clay mining at Madayipara by the public sector Kerala Clays and Ceramics Products (KCCP), alleging that the mining continues to contaminate water resources and leads to an increase in the number of cancer patients in the locality.

At a press meet here on Tuesday, T.P. Abbas Haji, of the local action committee against mining, said the KCCP had been releasing pollutants from the mining unit at Madayipara to a canal over the past 23 years. He said this had polluted 500 open wells and 600 acres of agricultural land at Muttam and Vengara inhabited by nearly 3,000 families.

He said 15 of the 103 people who had been tested at a medical camp conducted in the area in December last had been found to have early symptoms of cancer. Moreover, there were increasing cases of skin diseases, liver problems, and other gynaecological disorders.

He also said the rate of total dissolved solids in the drinking water in the area was alarmingly high.

Water samples collected from 26 wells were tested by the Centre for Water Resource Development and Management.

As part of the agitation, the action committee would hold a token protest at Pazhayangadi on May 8. Environmental activist C.R. Neelakandan would inaugurate the protest.

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