Coal piles in Thampalakamam, potential health hazard - MP

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 13 January 2004, 04:30 GMT]
Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentarian Mr.K.Thurairetnasingham Monday sent an urgent letter to Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Mr.Rukman Senanayake to take immediate steps to remove large coal piles in a private land in Thampalakamam, on the Trincomalee-Colombo trunk road. The parliamentarian pointed out that the piles pose a severe health hazard to the villagers of Thampalakamam, according to civil sources.

Consignments of coal imported to Puttalam cement factory are unloaded in Trincomalee harbour and stacked in Thampalakamam village before being taken to Puttalam. This is done because of difficulties in transporting the coal straight from the port to Puttalam by lorries by the transport agents.

However the health authorities concerned in Trincomalee have not given due consideration to the environmental pollution from coal piles in residential areas in Trincomalee, sources said.

In the start, transport agents stacked the imported coal in a private land at Abeyapura, close to Uppuveli Police Station in Trincomalee. Due to protest by parliamentarian Mr.Thurairetasingham and civil groups of the area provincial health authorities stopped transport agents piling coal in Abeyapura. However transport agents shifted their operation to Tampalakamam village. Mr.Thurairetasingham for the second time brought this matter to the notice of the Environmental Minister who in turn ordered the removal of the coal from the Thampalakamam village.

However disregarding the order by the ministry concerned once again transport agents Monday started to resume dumping coal in Thampalakamam village close to the office of the Divisional Secretariat.

Mr.Thurairetasingham in the letter to the minister concerned said, "I am bringing this serious matter for your notice for the third time. The health of the people of Thampalakamam village is at stake. Even government servants in Thampalakamam DS office are unable to work because of environmental pollution due to piling coal close to their work place. Hence I appeal to you to take immediate steps to stop piling coal in residential areas in Trincomalee district."

 

Latest 15 Reports
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
08.01.21 23:51   Photo
Colombo destroys Mu'l'livaaykkaal memorial monument at Jaffna University
07.01.21 11:22   Photo
With emphasis on genocide, Suresh calls for ICC-referral, IIIM and referendum
07.01.21 00:04   Photo
Boyle prefers IIIM demand over ICC-referral, says specific reference to genocide essential
06.01.21 14:26  
Indian Minister of External Affairs Jaishankar trades off Tamils’ sovereign rights
05.01.21 07:08  
TNPF's reluctance, NGO-meddling pose challenges to formulating joint Tamil demands to UN: Shivaji
06.12.20 15:44   Photo
Colombo’s brutal suppression of Tamil Heroes’ Day counter-productive to stated objectives: Tamil MP
27.11.20 16:44   Photo
Occupied Tamil Eelam marks Heroes' Day indoors, SL military detains seminary principal
16.11.20 18:45  
China launches world’s biggest regional trade agreement without Indian participation
31.10.20 10:58  
Tamils risk Kashmir-like status revocation if Gota continues Trinco military cooperation with US
06.10.20 11:40  
Poet Pulamaipithan who championed Tamil Eelam solidarity in Tamil Nadu turns 85
28.09.20 23:19   Photo
Muslims join Tamils opposing Colombo's suppression of Thileepan Remembrance in North
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=10935