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Vellalore residents vent their ire, but do vote Vellalore residents vent their ire, but do vote

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COIMBATORE: Poll trends indicate that the residents of Vellalore had opted to vent their ire over the issue of shifting out the city municipal corporation's 600-acre dump yard democratically by registering a high voter turn out of 70% on Thursday. The residents of Vellalore and nearby areas exercised their franchise at four polling booths at Vellalore High School and Konavaikkampalayam government school.

A series of protests were conducted by the residents, demanding the relocation of the dump yard claiming that it was a health hazard to them due to mismanagement and frequent fire outbreaks at the facility.

"We are expecting everyone from the locality to cast their votes. The overall poll percentage will be definitely on the higher side," said P Ravi, a 47 year old voter at Konavaikkampalayam booth. M Rathish, a first time voter from Konavaikkampalayam, pointed out that the Vellalore garbage yard has been the major issue among the local residents in this Lok Sabha election. Apart from organising hunger strikes and human chain protests in the city and in Vellalore, the residents were also involved in spreading awareness and ensuring that the dump yard will remain a prominent poll issue. "The residents are aware of the issue and they have been constantly participating in protests for the past two years. NDA alliance candidate ER Easwaran has given an assurance that the yard will be shifted out if he is elected from the Pollachi constituency," said J Daniel, convenor of the Anti-Vellalore Yard Forum and also local leader of MDMK that has been spearheading the protests against the dump yard in the region for the past many years along with the local residents. However, some of the residential associations in the locality also have been urging the voters to opt for NOTA. They added that a major section of the local residents were disillusioned with the authorities over the delay in action over their grievance to shift out the yard. A major fire broke out in the landfill facility of the yard on October 6, 2012.

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