Bangaru Vaickal Neeradhara Koottamaippu, a tank users association, has petitioned the Lieutenant Governor requesting him not to give sanction for starting Mega Food Park at Abhishegapakkam near the river Kuduvaiyar. The park is to come up on 143 acres of land.
Though in principle, agreement had been issued by the Department of Industries and Commerce, on November 18, 2013, approval by the LG is required to launch the project, said V Chandrasekhar, president of the association. However, this is subject to the approval by the ground water authority for withdrawal of 5 lakh litres of water per day as well as relaxation in approval by the Lt Governor, as per the GO of 2005 mentioned in the subject.
Chandrasekhar maintained that the industry comes under the ‘RED’ category, which means it is highly polluting and have dangerous implications. The site for the industry falls within 6 km boundary from the sea coast and as such withdrawal of groundwater is not permitted as per guidelines of Puducherry government.
The proposed industry is adjacent to a number of water bodies, irrigation tanks and also the Kuduvaiyar river. Hence it would damage the surface water as well as the ground water sources of the entire region. Moreover, the industry is very close to educational institutions, he pointed out.