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Protests over toxic landfill site

Asian Age
Jan 14, 2006

Chennai: A major confrontation is brewing between Tamil Nadu villagers and the authorities over a hazardous waste disposal site, which people say will poison the land and groundwater.

The bone of contention is a landfill site in Gummidipoondi, 40 km north of Chennai and bordering Andhra Pradesh, where the government wants to bury toxic waste from 400 factories.

Around 200 people there, primarily women, on Thursday barged into the site to protest against the landfill. The TN government is in a hurry to set up the toxic-waste facility. (IANS)

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