Kerala waste dumped in TN? Residents complain of health problems

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CHENNAI: Political parties, social activists and residents of Puthupatti of Tenkasi district and Paniyankurichi village of Tirunelveli district are speaking out against the dumping of Kerala waste in their villages.

Sources from Paniyankurichi panchayat, while speaking to IANS, said, “Trash from Kerala is brought through Tenkasi and Kanniyakumari to our area. A few days ago, a garbage truck was burnt in a This panchayat closes, which caused thick black smoke. Schools in Anganwadi are nearby, as well as primary health centers and many people have breathing difficulties.”

Selvaraj, a local farmer, told IANS that the government of Tamil Nadu should take up this issue with the government of Kerala and end the threat to dump Kerala’s waste in villages in Tamil Nadu.

He said: “The litter thrown out in the open includes alcohol bottles and plastic waste. The thrown bottles had Malayalam letters on their labels.”

Idakkal Panchayat has already written a letter to the collector of Tirunelveli district about this. Panchayat Deputy Chairman Dharamaraj told IANS: “A primary school and a silkworm breeding unit are in the area near the agricultural field where Kerala waste is dumped and burned.”

He said that a truck full of meat scraps had recently been dumped in the Panchayat. Activists want strict surveillance at Tenkasi and Kanniyakumari checkpoints to prevent dumping of waste in Tamil Nadu.

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