When members of the social welfare group, ‘Thiruneermalai Nanbar Kuzhu,’ were cleaning the lake on Monday morning, they spotted the inflow of effluents.
‘’Till Friday, the water in the lake was near nil, but now the lake is filling up with effluents and it’s going to be a tasking process to clear the chemicals,’’ said V Pugalventhan, who first spotted the effluents.
He added that agriculture in Thiruneermalai was completely dependent on the lake water and now it would be impossible for farmers to start afresh.
Last October, following a TNIE report on MEPZ discharging effluents into the lake, one of the pipes was shut down.
When contacted, a TNPCB official said that steps would be taken to ensure effluents are not discharged into the lake.
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