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Protest against plan to set up incinerator

By Our Staff Correspondent

MULKY, OCT. 2. About 3,500 people protested here on Saturday against the plan to set up an incinerator for burning toxic wastes.

Led by the leaders of the Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike of Mulky, they assembled near the Karnad petrol pump close to the industrial estate in the morning and sat on a dharna. The leaders said a Hyderabad-registered company had been given land and other facilities to set up the incinerator at a cost of Rs. 5 crores for burning solid wastes such as hospital refuse and other toxic material.

In a press statement, the protesters said they would not allow the surroundings of Mulky to be spoilt this way.

The former Minister Amarnath Shetty, who addressed the protesters, said the company had first come here for a different industrial activity.

The President of the Kannada Sahitya Parishat, Harikrishna Punaroor, stated that it was nothing but a betrayal of people's trust, and if the company went ahead with the plan, he would move the court with the help of the people.

The Chairman of the Mulky Town Municipal Council, Sarojini Suvarna, said the company had not even applied for industrial licence from the council.

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