A forest overflowing with the garbage of Kodaikanal. A dumpsite in violation of the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. A village water source being polluted by mismanaged SWM.
The Kodaikanal Municipality needs to rectify their SWM lapses now!
The land allocated for the municipality to segregate solid waste in Kodaikanal Township, adjoins forest land. Following the Madras High Court Order (WP 24243/2002 and W.P.M.P.No.33334/2002) the municipality had taken up work to improve the solid waste management system.
However, around 3 years ago the retaining wall for the dumpyard broke, spilling tonnes of mixed waste into the Tiger Sholai forest below as well as destroying many trees nearby. This also leaches toxic chemicals into the river water source that leads into the forest. I have personally seen Indian Bison (Gaur) and Wild Boar drinking from the polluted water. This water source is also the water source for the village of Perumal Malai down hill from the dump location.
Despite repeated requests to the township they have not yet rectified the issue and continue to dump the garbage openly into the forest. The segregation machinery and composting turrets are not being used at full capacity, neither is there segregation in the township being enforced. Further the workers have repeatedly set fire to the dump, resulting in toxic fumes around the forest that affect those who live nearby.
Join me and ask the Kodaikanal Municipal Commissioner to take action to rectify this violation. There are excellent guidelines laid down for closure of the open dumpyard in the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2016 issued by the Central Pollution Control Board which the municipality can follow to ensure that there is no contamination of the forests.
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