TN must move NHRC on Cauvery pollution: PMK

PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has urged the State government to move the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on the issue of industrial effluent discharge into river Cauvery.

At a press meet here on Tuesday, Dr. Anbumani said an alleged 140-crore litres of industrial effluents were discharged directly into Cauvery from Mysore and Bangalore. While the Tamil Nadu government had moved the Supreme Court, it should also approach the NHRC, since it concerned basic right to drinking water of over 20 districts in the State, he said. 

On Sushma Swaraj-Lalit Modi controversy, the PMK leader said Ms. Swaraj should extend the same ‘humanitarian’ gesture that was extended to Mr. Lalit Modi and take efforts to have the 15 fishermen incarcerated in Sri Lankan prison released. Similarly, Ms. Swaraj should take steps on ‘humanitarian grounds’ to release the hundreds of Indians incarcerated in various jails in West Asia. 

He said Pasumai Thayagam will undertake a programme to clean up the litter in and around Hogenakkal falls on July 25.

Also, the party will stage massive protests on August 1, demanding implementation of long-pending irrigation schemes by harvesting run-off water from the river flowing through the district. 

According to him, Union Minister Uma Bharathi has given an assurance to provide funds for the projects, and it was now left to the district administration and State government to send the proposals to the Centre.  

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