Uppanar Pollution: Fishermen suffer, repeated complaints of pollution ignored by TNPCB

Cuddalore, 4 May, 2006: Pugazendhi, a fisherman and a SACEM member, reports that the stream near Arekema Peroxide which has been a source of problem for the local fishermen for a long time especially the resident fisherfolks of Sangolikuppam. Several complaints have been lodged but the situation remains unchanged. Fisherfolks of Sangolikuppam fish very close to the this stream and are often in neck deep water to retrieve the nets. These are the fishermen without Catamarams (boats) and hence come in contact with the contaminated water. They have serious skin ailments while the ones that use the Catamarams (boats) are fine.