As a part of departmental program a seminar was held on 16/8/2013 on the topic KATHIKUDAM TO KALAKUDAM – “A pipeline distance to disaster”. Mrs. Aswathy (Faculty, Department of Social Work) chaired the seminar. The topic was presented and discussed by Mr. Midhun and Mr.Praveen of S3 MSW.
Kathikudam, a small and beautiful village in trichur Distric Kerala, is now drawing wide of the public. The village was once known for its serene atmosphere and natural beauty, and for the abundance of fresh water, as the chalakudy river flowing close by.
Nitta Gelatin India (NGIL), a company producing Ossien from the bones of slaughtered animals, is causing pollution in the entire area. The state pollution control Board is keeping silence to this serious issue letting innumerable innocents surround to death day by day.
An open discussion and clarification regarding the presentation was held in the later session. The panel clarified the queries of audience.
Mr.Bibin questioned about the present scenario where the company has become an issue unlike the times since its establishment. They clarified that the government shared project which was smooth initially, later with its increased production resulted in pollution. The wastes were left out into the river making the lives of people troublesome and the environment unhealthy.
Mr.Kochu krishna Kurup asked for the possible solutions to overcome this problem. The students pointed out that stoppage of industry is the only better option. People should go for their right to live and protection, moving to supreme court.
Mrs. Aswathy concluded the section by forwarding the recommendation of Jananidhi’s to appoint an ombudsman to access the damage of environment and compensate it. The students commented the presentation as an excellent and informative one.
Reported by : Dipin (S1 MSW)