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Updated: September 20, 2012 10:50 IST

Corporation asked to repair sewers in town bus stand

Karthik Madhavan
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The damaged drainage slabs at the Gandhipuram town bus stand in the city. Photo: M. Periasamy
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The damaged drainage slabs at the Gandhipuram town bus stand in the city. Photo: M. Periasamy

Sewer along the bay is full of plastic waste

The bay at the Gandhipuram town bus stand accommodating buses bound for Thudiyalur, Vadavalli and Maruthamalai and other destinations has damaged slabs that cover sewers. A few stretches in the bay are better in that there are no slabs, threatening the commuters’ safety.

The sewer along the bay is full of plastic waste. In short, it is very dirty.

The slabs have remained in that condition for quite sometime. At least that is what those who use the bay say. A. Gunasekaran, a conductor of a bus that plies on the Gandhipuram-Edayarpalayam route, says that for the past two years – since his joining duty – it had been the same there. Nothing much has changed, he adds.

S. Krishnamoorthy, a visually challenged commuter, says that not only differently abled people like him but women and children have tumbled and fell in to the sewer while attempting to board the bus. The commuters look at the bus number board before boarding the vehicle. They hardly look down.

Though they could be faulted for not being careful in taking the next step, it is unacceptable that the Corporation had not replaced the slabs and cleaned the sewer.

Efforts to reach the Corporation officials proved futile.

The Coimbatore Corporation has been planning to expand the bus stand. It had asked for land from the Coimbatore Prison and files related to the subject are under the State Government’s consideration. Nearly 550 buses enter and exit the town bus stand.

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The scenario would have been far better if short-life plastic was
being manufactured by adding d2w oxo-biodegradable additive.
D2w oxo-biodegradable plastic which degrades in the environment by a
process of oxidation initiated by an additive formulation, and then
biodegrade after their molecular weight has reduced to the point where
naturally-occurring micro-organisms can access the material.
Moreover, in no country in the world is it possible to collect all the
plastic waste. Some of it will always escape accidentally or
deliberately into the environment where it could lie or float around
for decades. D2w Oxo-biodegradable plastics are intended as low-cost
insurance against this form of pollution.
Also, if collected oxo-biodegradable plastics can be recycled.
If Government of India could legislate to require all short-life
plastic products (not just shopping bags) to be made from d2w oxo-
biodegradable plastic, we can all help win the war against plastic
waste as done by UAE.

from:  Shikha Sharma
Posted on: Sep 21, 2012 at 12:21 IST
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