Vandals have started a fire in the Palmyrah grove near the Periyavar Temple behind Ponnalai Varatharajaperumal Temple day before yesterday. The fire had consumed several square Kms of the forest had been scorched down destroying large number of Palmyrahs.
The fire had started at around 1.00 noon and large area of the forest had burned down before Ponnalai Rural Development society President heard of the incident and came to the spot. He immediately informed the Valli West Divisional Secretary and relevant local Officers.
The Ponnalai Samurthy Officer also had gone there and with the help of the villagers helped to put out the fire.
Vali West Divisional Secretary also had rushed to the spot with water bowser. It was alleged that a contractor and his workers were working near spot and that they had not taken any attempt to douse the fire.