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‘RESUME MONTHLY MEET TO SAVE UYYAKONDAN’

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Trichy: Alleging that waste water keeps flowing into the 1000-year-old Uyyakondan canal, an environmental NGO has asked the district administration to resume the monthly review meeting to chalk out a plan for saving the water body facing rampant pollution.

eNGO Thanneer submitted a petition to the district administration on Monday stating that the meeting was not conducted for a long time now. “Drainage and sullage are being discharged into the water body at multiple spots and we can see the waste water deliberately being let into the canal flowing towards Thanjavur. The review meeting to discuss the redevelopment of Uyyakondan has not been conducted for about a year now,” secretary of Thanneer, K C Neelamegam said.

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With Trichy Corporation identifying a stretch of Uyyakondan canal near Chettipalam bridge for developing a park and recreational amenities at an estimated cost of Rs 17 crore under smart cities mission, the eNGO sought the civic body to explain the scope of the project proposal to the public.

Mentioning that developing the banks of the canal alone would do no good in stopping the pollution, the representatives reiterated their demand to convene the meeting. “District administration has assured to resume the meeting from this month. We are hopeful that all stakeholders would attend the meeting to chalk out a permanent solution for safeguarding the polluted canal,” Neelamegam added.

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