A team from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), Coimbatore, collected soil samples from Semanampathy near Anaimalai, where garbage brought from Kerala was dumped in an unscientific manner.
Locals had seized three trucks when they carried garbage from Kerala to dump it on private land at Semanampathy in April this year. Following this, officials found a large quantity of waste dumped in the private land measuring around half an acre.
While the garbage was suspected to have been brought to Coimbatore from Thrissur and Palakkad districts, the Kerala government denied the charge.
Meanwhile, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) took up the issue suo moto and conducted an inquiry. With the next hearing scheduled on December 8, the TNPCB team lifted soil samples and sent them to the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) for testing.
The testing is being done to ascertain the damages the illegal garbage dumping has caused to the soil. An official said an earthmover was used to dig the illegal dumping site. A foul smell emanated from the place due to the formation of leachate from the garbage dumping.
Samples were collected in the presence of a revenue inspector, police personnel from Anamalai station and assistant block development officer. The results of the tests will be submitted to the NGT.
The results will help to identify the level of pollution caused by the illegal dumping and fix the tune of compensation to be collected from people responsible for the act.
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