Madras HC asks Kodaikanal Municipality for report on request to relocate ‘polluting’ dump – Reuters

By Express press service

MADURAI: Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Tuesday requested a report from Kodaikanal Municipality and a few others on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO, Jhatkaa Org, seeking an order to shut down or to move a landfill located at Village from Seeradum Kanal to Kodaikanal.

NGO managing director Avijit Michael said that after the collapse in 2018 of a retaining wall separating the landfill and the forest from the Tiger Sholai reserve, waste from the landfill was falling into the forest from the reserve, polluting its water resources and soil and endangering the flora and fauna of the region.

The stream in the forest, which is also contaminated with waste, is the only source of water for the forest wildlife and the people of Perumalmalai village, he added.

Accusing the Municipality of Kodaikanal of allegedly failing to take steps to rebuild the retaining wall and improve solid waste management in the municipality, Michael asked the court to close or relocate the dump.

A panel consisting of Judges PN Prakash and R Hemalatha issued an opinion to the Union Ministry of Environment, Union Department of Environment and Forests, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board ( TNPCB), to the Municipality of Kodaikanal, among others, and ordered the relevant authorities to file a report on the matter. The case was adjourned for two months.

MADURAI: Madurai Bench of Madras High Court on Tuesday requested a report from Kodaikanal Municipality and a few others on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by an NGO, Jhatkaa Org, seeking an order to shut down or to move a landfill located at Village from Seeradum Kanal to Kodaikanal. NGO managing director Avijit Michael said that after the collapse in 2018 of a retaining wall separating the landfill and the forest from the Tiger Sholai reserve, waste from the landfill was falling into the forest from the reserve, polluting its water resources and soil and endangering the flora and fauna of the region. The stream in the forest, which is also contaminated with waste, is the only source of water for the forest wildlife and the people of Perumalmalai village, he added. Accusing the Municipality of Kodaikanal of allegedly failing to take steps to rebuild the retaining wall and improve solid waste management in the municipality, Michael asked the court to close or relocate the dump. A panel consisting of Judges PN Prakash and R Hemalatha issued an opinion to the Union Ministry of Environment, Union Department of Environment and Forests, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board ( TNPCB), to the Municipality of Kodaikanal, among others, and ordered the relevant authorities to file a report on the matter. The case was adjourned for two months.

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