Bhavani river contamination: Activists blame govt apathy | Coimbatore News

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Coimbatore: For close to two years, people and activists are demanding the authorities to take crucial actions to restrain the rising contamination level from the Bhavani river, from where water is drawn for potable purposes in the district and neighbouring Tirupur, however to no avail.
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board at Erode had put two barrages – one at Samayapuram along with another at Omapalayam — to create electricity in 2001. While drinking water to Tirupur and Mettupalayam regions is drawn close to the very first barrage, which for Avinashi, Annur, Sulur and Sirumugai is gathered close to the next barrage.
According to activists, the municipality is allowing waste to the river between the two barrages.
T Rangasamy, president, Bhavani River Water and Groundwater Protection Committee, stated,”We’ve been attempting to draw the government’s attention to this problem for its past 25 years. The Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU) had in 2015 along with the Tamil Nadu Water and Drainage Board (TWAD) at 2016 stated the river water was contaminated and unfit for consumption. Regardless of this, nothing has changed on the floor. To the contrary, pollution levels have gone up.”
D Satheesh Kumar, former chairman of Mettupalayam municipality, stated among the measures that the state authorities had taken to avoid sewage water from going into the river had been execution of underground drainage (UGD) job from the municipality region. “While the municipality has finished about 80percent of work, it’s yet to begin giving household relations. As it is an undulating place, it could be quite tough for sewer water to accomplish the treatment plant, unless it’s designed and constructed correctly. Even if the UGD job is finished, the achievement rate of decreasing contamination level from the river is significantly less.”
R Shanthamurthy, among the trustees of all Save Bhavani Trust, blamed the government for its failure to stop industrial effluents from going into the river. “Whenever we file a complaint with the pollution control board, then officials could inspect the industrial components. After a couple of days, they will begin releasing effluents from the river”

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