To ban Sterlite industry in Tuticorin,Tamilnadu.

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On March 23, Tuticorin( Tamilnadu, INDIA) residents woke up to itchy eyes, burning throat and breathing trouble. As they suffered an unusual morning, they first thought it was a gas leak, and then, rumours spread that it was "because of Sterlite".

The state pollution control board quickly swung into action. The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) accused the factory of releasing noxious gas in the air. It said sulphur-di-oxide levels had gone off the charts on the night of March 23. It showed a reading of 2939.55 mg/cubic metre against the prescribed limit of 1250 mg/ cubic metre. It also said that the emission monitor was not connected with the air care centre of TNPCB. The board then issued a closure order for the factory.

In contrast to the TNPCB report, the DEE report said after the repair work was completed, sulphur-di-oxide levels suddenly shot up from 20 ug/cubic metre to 62 ug/cubic metre, though they were still within the tolerable limit of 80 ug/cubic metre. The report adds it was promptly brought down to 10 ug/metre. 

In 2008, the Department of Community Medicine, Tirunelveli Medical College submitted a report titled “Health Status and Epidemiological Study Around 5 km Radius of Sterlite Industries (India) Limited, Thoothukudi.” The study covered a population of 80,725 people and compared the health status in villages around Sterlite with the average health status prevailing in the state and two other locations that did not have any major industries. The health report is a well-kept secret because of what it found. 

At the time of the study (2006 and 2007), Sterlite had been operating at a far lower production capacity of between 70,000 and 170,000 tonnes of copper anode per annum (tpa). It was only in 2005 that it was permitted to manufacture at an expanded capacity of 300,000 tpa.

"Since 2007, Sterlite has been operating a 400,000 tpa smelter, nearly six times larger than what it began with in 1996."

The findings of the study are revealing:

1. Iron content in the groundwater in Kumareddiapuram and Therku Veerapandiapuram, the site of the ongoing protests, were 17 and 20 times higher than permissible levels prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards for drinking water. 

Chronic exposure to iron through drinking water could result in chronic fatigue, joint pain, and abdominal pain.

2. At 13.9%, respiratory diseases were significantly more prevalent in the areas surrounding the factory than in areas without industry and this was much higher compared to the state average. The incidence of asthmatic bronchitis is 2.8%, more than double the state average of 1.29%. 

Bronchitis is an inflammation of the airways lining caused by long-term exposure to environmental irritants such as tobacco smoke, dust or chemicals. Asthma is a condition where the muscles around the airways get tight resulting in the narrowing of the airways. Asthmatic bronchitis is a condition where asthma and bronchitis occur together. 

3. The study also found that there were more people suffering from Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) disorders near the factory. Among the ENT diseases, pharyngitis and sinusitis were very high. “Climatic conditions and atmospheric pollution could be the cause for the prevalence of ENT morbidity,” the report concluded.

4. Myalgia, or general body pain, was another widely reported symptom in the study area closer to the factory.

5. “Women in the  area had more menstrual disorders, like menorrhagiae and dysmenorrhagiae. . .it needs an in-depth study,” the report stated.

To ban this people do protest for a long time. but now the state government misuse the police team to disperse the protest team. they using a cruel method to dispers them..yes they start fire the protesters.

Eleven people have lost their lives, including a teenager. Protesters who marched to the Thoothukudi Collectorate against the expansion of the Sterlite Copper plant owned by Vedanta limited were stopped by barricades put up by the police. As people marched ahead, breaching the barricades and entered the Collectorate, the police retaliated and fired at the crowds. By Tuesday evening, more than ten people had lost their lives in the violence. (While TN government says 9 people have died, TN Governor put the number at 11).

Though the Tamil Nadu government maintains that the police action was unavoidable, visuals being telecast by Tamil TV channels Puthiya Thalamurai and News 18 Tamil Nadu show policemen in plain clothes taking aim from top of a police van and firing at protesters. In a sequence of events caught on video, a policeman in a yellow T shirt is standing on top of the van and firing a rifle. Later, another policeman in a black T shirt climbs to the top of the van, lies down and takes aim to shoot. The protesters don’t seem to be in the near vicinity of the police. Other reports say that police took aim from vantage points on roofs of buildings too.

so kindly give your support and attention to ban the sterlite factory..join with them..until this issue reach the correct person..jaihind

 

 



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