TAMIL NADU

Pig farm on encroached land posing problems

R. Arivanantham

KRISHNAGIRI: About 50 cents of government land in Shoolagiri village, Uthanapalli on National Highway No. 7 (towards Bangalore) has been encroached upon and rented out to three benami persons to run a pig farm.

Huts were built in the land about one-and-a-half years ago and the farm presently has about 70 pigs which have posed a health hazard to the surroundings. Hotels dump the wastes in the land which emanates foul smell, a resident said. About nine years ago, the Shoolagiri panchayat passed a resolution to hand over the Kinaru poramboke land to the Department of Libraries for construction of a library. The dumping of garbage led to spread of brain fever and chikunguniya in the area six months and the timely intervention of health authorities brought the situation under control.

People of T.K. Nagar Colony are the worst affected as the pigs often entered the houses. The stench from the garbage dump has become so unbearable that school students and the general public find it difficult to wait at the town bus stand.

About 50 people submitted a memorandum to Collector V.K. Shanmugam on January 12 seeking an end to the menace. S. Anwar, Shoolagiri block committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said, “the petitions submitted to the Shoolagiri Block Development Officer and other district officials were ignored.

Hence, we decided to approach the Collector.”

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