Toxic waste kills Gadilam river fish
Tuesday January 22 2008
Express News Service
CUDDALORE: A large quantity of fish were found dead in a river here on Monday.
Local residents alleged the indiscriminate release of waste from a
private sugarmill as a primary reason for the incident. Foul smell has
been emanating from the place.
The sugarmill had reportedly released industrial waste into the
Gadilam river on Sunday, which decreased the dissolved oxygen level in
It is to be noted that more than 500 inland fishermen of Kuppan Kulam,
Sellankuppam and Soorappan Naickan Chavadi depended on the river for
Meanwhile, Ganesan, a cadre of the Viduthalai Vengaigal, lodged a
complaint with the Department of Fisheries and Tamil Nadu Pollution
Control Board (TNPCB), seeking government action on the issue.
The petition also urged the Board to monitor private firms operating
along the river and take strict action against erring firms. The
government must immediately provide relief to the farmers who were
affected by the incident, he added.
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