Appeal For Contributions
Mettur Villagers to March 285 km to Save Cuddalore
September 3 to September 13, 2005
Mettur Polluter Chemplast Sanmar’s PVC Factory
Not Welcome in Cuddalore, Tamilnadu
Mettur polluter Chemplast Sanmar's PVC factory
Mettur residents will march 300 km from Mettur to Cuddalore to rally residents en route in support of a call to prevent Mettur polluter Chemplast Sanmar from setting up a controversial and dangerous PVC factory in SIPCOT Industrial Estate, Cuddalore. Existing Chemplast factories in Mettur have laid waste more than 2000 acres of agricultural land, polluted groundwater with toxic chemicals, and contributed to widespread ill-health among its workers and communities. An air sample taken above Chemplast’s foul-smelling effluent outfall into the Kaveri revealed high levels of cancer-causing chemicals, including Ethylene Di Chloride (a known carcinogen) at 32,000 times above safe levels.
In early 2005, the Tamilnadu Government secretly cleared Chemplast’s proposal for a PVC factory in Cuddalore despite the fact that the plant had failed to get approval from two states in the last three years. In 2002, SIPCOT residents rejected the proposal at a Government-held public hearing. After Chemplast failed to get Tamilnadu Government’s approval due to public opposition, it took the proposal to the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh. Villagers from Krishanapatnam, the project site, visited Mettur to assess the company’s environmental and social performance. Upon their return, all political parties, panchayats and villagers unanimously rejected Chemplast’s proposal once again.
Tamilnadu Government’s clearance is highly irregular, especially given that they have chosen to clear a twice-rejected project based on 1999 submissions and without public consultation. The PVC factory sounds the death knell for the Cuddalore villages who are already reeling under the effects of pollution caused by the existing industries.
You can help
The walk is being organised by farmers and community groups from Mettur and Cuddalore, with the support of individuals and public interest groups. The total walk – 50 people – will start on 3 September and end on 13 September, and should cost Rs. 60,000.
Supporting organisations: West Konur Farmers Welfare Association, SIPCOT Area Community Environmental Monitors, FEDCOT, Tamilnadu Green Movement, Tamilnadu Environment Council, Corporate Accountability Desk
Please contribute. Make your cheques (only Indian Rupee) in favour of:
(Write "Mettur Cuddalore march" on reverse)
C/o Corporate Accountability Desk
H 19/4 Gangai Street, Kalakshetra Colony, Besant Nagar,
Chennai – 600 090
Ph: +91 44 2446 3763
Mettur Cuddalore Anti-PVC March: The itinerary
|3 Sept - ||DAY 1 - ||Launch of the March.|
|5 Sept - ||DAY 3 - ||Public meeting at Salem seeking solidarity|
Contact: Piyush Sethia: 9443248582 (cell)
|7 Sept - ||DAY 5 - ||Public meeting at Attur seeking solidarity|
Contact: Mr. Annamalai, FEDCOT. 9443826933 (cell)
|10 Sept - ||DAY 8 - ||Public meeting at Vridhachalam|
Contact: Mr. N. Senthamilselvam, FEDCOT. 09894580407 (cell)
|13 Sept - ||DAY 11 - || March concludes in Cuddalore. Reception and public meeting.
Contact: M. Nizamudeen. Tel: 04142 230978; 9443231978 (cell)|
For more information, read:
- The Indian People’s Tribunal Report on pollution-related human rights violations in SIPCOT Cuddalore. Click here. . .
- The Indian People’s Tribunal Report on Environmental and Human Rights Violations by Chemplast Sanmar and MALCO Ltd in Mettur. Click here. . .
- To sign a petition, Click here. . .