government to drop move The protest against hazardous disposal waste at
Gummidipoondi turned into a massive citizens rally in the village.
GUMMIDIPOONDI (THIRUVALLUR DISTRICT):
Villagers around the Gummidipoondi industrial estate today reiterated
that they do no want a treatment, storage and disposal facility (TSDF)
for hazardous wastes at their doorstep, as it would threaten their
environs and public health.
residents and environment activists, including several women, poured
into the streets of Gummidipoondi, about 45 km north of Chennai, for a
rally highlighting the threat to their lives and livelihood due to the
At a meeting that
followed, they passed a unanimous resolution demanding that the
decision to construct the facility at the site be dropped.
threatened the air and water in the area that could lead to health
hazards for the residents living around the facility.
Threat to aquifer
aquifer, which the residents said was at a depth of around 10 feet,
would be severely threatened by leachate from the proposed landfill.
Last summer, the Metrowater drew several lakh litres of water to supply
to Chennai, they added.
their arguments against the site selection, the residents said
habitations and agricultural lands were situated with 500 metres of the
Smoke from the
incinerator could emit harmful chemicals that could impact on human and
animal health if there is prolonged exposure.
residents of Melakottaiyur village in Kancheepuram District had
rejected the project and the government had to drop it, they added.
The residents of
several villages, including S.R. Kandigai, Pattupalayam, New
Gummidipoondi, Pethikuppam, Gummidipoondi, Kavarapettai, Nagaraja
Kandigai, Periyapalayam, and members of Tamilnadu Women's Collective,
Pasumai Thayagam, Lions Club of Gummidipoondi, DYFI and Gram Pengal
Munnani-Thiruvallur participated at the rally.
Panchayat Union had on Wednesday passed a unanimous resolution
expressing its opposition to the proposed TSDF to be constructed at the
SIPCOT Industrial Estate in Gummidipoondi.
The resolution has been conveyed to the Collector of Thiruvallur District.
A section of the
residents were also angry because they were yet to receive compensation
for their lands when the SIPCOT Industrial Estate came up in 1984.
The issue is caught up in litigation.