Noyyal river in Coimbatore spills toxic foam for the second time this year

Last Updated: Fri, Aug 10, 2018 11:40 hrs

Coimbatore: Toxic foam has spilled out from Noyyal river in Coimbatore yet again for the second time this year. A similar incident had occurred when untreated effluents were allegedly released by the nearby dying units in June this year.

The river has been overflowing with froth, after Coimbatore received pre-monsoon showers.

Residents living close to the river have taken up this issue with the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), but reportedly no action has been taken so far by the authorities.

The Madras High Court, in the year 2011, had ordered the close down of 700 dying units around the river.

The Minister of Environment, KC Karuppannan, had come under huge criticism in 2017, when he had said about a similar incident that the river water had turned frothy because people were taking bath in the river and were using soaps. The Noyyal river passes through Western Tamil Nadu before meeting the Cauvery river.

The foul-smelling froth remains to be a potential risk for people living in the surrounding localities.

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