Mangaluru: Pollution of Gurpur river - Locals issue 24-hour deadline to administration

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Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SB)

Mangaluru, May 17: In the wake of pollution of Gurpur Phalguni river at Malavoor dam, residents of Malavoor, Thokur, Kenjar and members of the local unit of National Environment Care Federation (NECF) issued a deadline of 24 hours to the district administration to solve the issue and prevent local industries from further releasing effluents into the river.

Speaking at a protest here, Shashidhar Shetty, general secretary of NECF said, "If the administration does not respond and find a solution within 24 hours, we will pitch our tents in front of the DC office and protest.

"The water at Malavoor dam and surrounding areas areas has been polluted with effluents and chemicals discharged from MRPL and Baikampady industrial areas.

"At the same time, sand mining licence holders also also digging the river in an unscientific manner. From the last few days, the water in the wells too has turned saline and oily," Shetty said.

Questioning the silence of the deputy commissioner and the district in-charge on the issue, Shashidhar Shetty said, "From the last few days media has been highlighting this issue, but still, the administration has not taken it seriously. Now people are suffering because of pollution of the drinking water. Dead fish are floating all over the river. Some animals have also died after drinking the river water."

Hameed, a resident of Pera told daijiworld, "We cannot cook with well water. After preparing, within hours our food gets spoiled. Our vessels have turned reddish. We are facing this problem for the past 6 months but in recent days it has become horrible. We have complained to the panchayat authorities but so far there has been no response."

Another resident Reginald said, "Nowadays, chemical discharge into the water is increasing, and so also sand mining. Both have affected the river water adversely. Some plants have also turned reddish in colour and started to wilt. The administration knows who is polluting the river, but it is silent because they have a nexus. If you go by boat you can see from where the effluents are being discharged into the river."

Ratnakar Suvarna and other residents were present.



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  • mohan sr., Mangalore

    Thu, May 18 2017

    First construct new bridge . The old one way bridge which constructed by Britisher,s is more than 100 years and full bridge is vibrating even two wheeler passing.. And there is no other bridge to gurpur kiakamba -moodbedre .
    And the rever is full of salt water and sand mining is going on.. ..

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  • Christopher D Cunha, IXE/AUH

    Thu, May 18 2017

    The pollution will increase day by day , Government has signed the deal with Abu Dhabi government to expand MRPL. We have to deal with it.....our beautiful Mangalore will not be the same again.

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  • Royston, Mumbai-Mangalore/Bangalore

    Thu, May 18 2017

    Indeed sad to know of how our dear nature is being risked at the hands of few money enriched forces. It would be good for the district administration to prioritize an immediate action to safe guard nature and invariably the local residents around it. We all as responsible citizen must do our best to have the nature protected against all such hazards.

    Lets all strive hard to have this concern rightly resolved and in time.

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  • Rems, Mangaluru

    Thu, May 18 2017

    Gurpur river water is so dirty, I doubt if any fish survive there at all in the first place. Companies have ruined the rivers and sweet water sources in DK. They have also poisoned the sea water in the coast by dumping industrial waste through pipe lines. It is time for people to say 'enough is enough'. This industrialization is poisoning our district.

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  • J.F.D SOUZA, Attavar, Mangalore

    Thu, May 18 2017

    Whats the Pollution Control Board doing ? Whether it is in existence or not? Otherwise why not taking any action?

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  • Peter Lewis, Kalmady/Udupi

    Thu, May 18 2017

    Not only Gurpur, all rivers of twin districts are polluted.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Thu, May 18 2017

    This Refinery company will destroy DK's all natural resources. Such a big company and no responsibilities towards safeguarding the environment. Administration should take action before its too late!

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, May 18 2017

    Horrible when they started the chemi.industry,was it not that time itself drainage system was into river laid?then how could authoritys legalised it or ever the plan itself given Ok?many mysterious things.Atleast now health and authoritys responsible for hygiene not turned out?The Mayer is not aware of it?I fear that very soon people might have serious health problems.Situation like this is not tolerable.

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  • rmk, Mangalore

    Wed, May 17 2017

    Send this info to National news agencies too.. the nation (wants to know) should know, TV9, NDTV and such and to National Green Tribunal.. file mass FIRs against the errants.. spread the word.. Mangalore's own Bellandur-lake like in the making.. Smart city with dying rivers

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  • RICH, Mangalore

    Wed, May 17 2017

    Where are the sena people? One cow died by drinking the polluted water .Then why they are not fighting against the responsible people who are polluting the water ?

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  • Amith, USA

    Thu, May 18 2017

    It's Okay, long as you are not Beheading the Cow for meat, if it's die due to drinking polluted/ poisonous water, senas will consider it is a Suicide due to "OLD AGE UNSTABLE MIND"

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  • perchu, pervaje

    Thu, May 18 2017

    you are expecting everything from sena people. then why the govt, municipality, panchayath, administration is required? where are the other people. where are the ministers? when this kind of failures happened from administration/govt side then you people try to blame sena people for diverting issue.

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  • shamon, cannanore

    Thu, May 18 2017

    Dear Perchu, then why the goonda sena people are after legal cow transportation. Why they take law in their hands and beat up the transporters. Besides that these goon sena peeople are the one who sell the cow and after that they inform their colleagues who stop the vehicle and hand over the cows + transporter to Police only after looting valuables from the them. Has Govt left everything to these goons to do whatever they like. Why dont to oppose the goondagiri of these people and ask Govt to take strict action. Please dont try to be innocent dear Perchu and dont act line cat who drinks milk with closed eyes thinking that none is watching it.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, May 17 2017

    You guys forgot your responsibility ...

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