Cuddalore, June 7 2008 Fishermen from SIPCOT area report continual illegal discharge of effluents into the River Uppanar despite repeated complaints. In an incident reported on June 3rd, many fishermen suffered from skin itching and rashes after they entered the river. Fishermen also suspect that since the river has been partially blocked for a construction of a bridge at Thaikal Thonnithurai, the chemicals released into the river is not even being washed away.
Fishermen on several occasions in the past have complained about illegal discharges of effluents into the river but have received no response or action from the TNPCB.
Illegal Discharges in Uppanar Continues