|Kali Bachao Andolan|
Epidemic Outbreak of Gastroenteritis and Death due to Pollution of Kali River by West Coast Paper Mills
July 14, 2003
An epidemic outbreak of gastroenteritis has resulted in the death of a child, renal failure of a young man and serious illness of over 50 Gowli tribes from the Kariampalli village in Dandeli Taluk. The apparent reason for this has been the discharge of untreated effluents from the West Coast Paper Mills, Dandeli into the Kali River, and the village happened to be the first from the point of discharge.
When villagers attempted to file a case with the police, they were dissuaded from doing so.
The dead child was 10 days old, and born to Takki of Kariampalli.
27 year old Janu suffered acute renal failure due to excess dehydration, and is presently in intensive care at the Nalwad Hospital in Hubli. His family has incurred already an expense of over Rs. 30000/- for dialysis.
The District Authorities or the company has extended no support to any affected person or family.
As part of the Kali Bachao Andolan, we had met with the Chief Minister of Karnataka on 6th June and presented a representation urging immediate action on the threats to the river due to pollution, dams and sand mining. The Chief Minister had directed the Environment Department for action, but surely this action has not been timely, or enough, to save the unfortunate child’s death.
We are enclosing the representation made to the Chief Minister today to provide more details on the issue.
Your immediate action in covering this issue is certain to bring public and political pressure on the Government to at least now take action as required.
We have demanded that:
Pandurang Hegde, Parisara Samrakshana Kendra, Sirsi
Encl. As above