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Thursday, March 31, 2011

High Pollution levels in Madurai

During my umpteen visits to Tamil Nadu, the one thing that I keep noticing is the increasing pollution levels in this state. Take this for an example. On my recent visit to Madurai, the famous temple town of Tamil Nadu, I noticed heightened pollution levels in all departments.

Vehicles horns were blaring loudly. During my all-India motorcycle trip, I realized that the people of Tamil Nadu honk the most. And that too their horns come with the highest decibels. Loud speakers were blaring in many parts of the Madurai city. And the best part was that no one was even close to it. Only god knows why they need to play such loud speakers when no one is there to listen. In terms of land pollution, garbage can be seen strewn everywhere. Most of the times, garbage cannot be found in the garbage dump, but all around it. Plastic is one of the main contaminants of ground water in Tamil Nadu. Every state in India has plastic menace, but I guess Tamil Nadu stands right up there on the pollution list.

Then, let’s come to the topic of water pollution. All the rivers and canals seem to be garbage dumps and hence it flows like a sewer. The Vaigai river and the other canals bear testament to this fact. The famous Cooumm river of Chennai is possibly the grandfather of all sewers. And then air pollution…there is dust everywhere. All public transport vehicles bellow such dark fumes that can blind a person.

I feel bad saying all this coz I am a native of this state, but the government has to do something and something very soon before things become irreparable. These are great cities that we are destroying on account of growth and development. At least us people should begin a clean trend and set the right example.



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