Victims of pollution
the health of hundreds of women who live off the Pulicat Lake, a bird sanctuary on Chennai's northern outskirts, have been severely affected due to pollution of the lake by industrial and domestic waste. These women earn a living by fishing in the lake and now they are suffering from severe skin diseases.
"The water really bites,' says Suguna, a fisherwoman who resides in Karimanal, one of the many hamlets situated around the sprawling waterbody. She spends most of the day handpicking prawns from the lake. She, along with several other fisherwomen from the villages, now have ruddy eruptions all over their body.
Out of the 100,000 people living in the 44 villages around the Pulicat Lake, over 10,000 in 32 villages are dependent on the lake for their livelihood. With their main source of livelihood threatened, they may again have to shift out of the place.
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- Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding gas leak in an apparel factory at Atchutapuram in Anakapalli district, Andhra Pradesh, 18/01/2023
- Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding gas leak at Porus Laboratories Private Limited, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, 03/08/2022
- Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding illegal blasting and mining by Jindal Saw, Bhilwada, Rajasthan, 01/07/2021
- Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding responsibility of the state to check hazardous industrial activities operating without requisite safeguards, 23/03/2021
- Report on discharge of industrial effluent in rivers negatively affecting the surface water in western Uttar Pradesh, 27/07/2020