On 14th of June Vimukti Pothnal submitted
the memorandum to the Panchyath President demanding to clear the garbage
from the main road. Fr. Sathish Fernandes Vimukti Director urged the
concerned authority saying, People from Pothnal are throwing the glass
bottles, nails, tacks, wires, cans trash garbage, rubbish, old cloths,
chicken waste, chemical waste powders and other debris etc, which is
gradually, flows to the Pothnal River. Due to this negligence of the
authority and local people, Pothnal River is getting contaminated and
not able to use. As a result it will welcome various sicknesses during
this rainy season. Secondly throwing the glass pieces on the main road
causes injure to human persons, animals and vehicles is against the law.
Deliberately abandoned or dumped waste on public is considered illegal
dumping. Illegal dumping is harmful to the environment, costs taxpayers
over a million dollars each year, and sends a message that illegal
activities is not tolerated in our neighborhoods.
Therefore Vimukti urged immediate steps should be taken to ensure that
the dumped waste near the river to shift from that place and to protect
the river free from contamination. It further demanded that the issue
the notice to all the shop keepers not to through the rubbish and to
make the place unhygienic rather to cooperative in protection the
environment and warned that an indefinite protest would be held if the
demands were not met.