Civic body does not have a prompt action plan, say residents

The monsoon, for the people of the city, is no more a time to rejoice but to fret and fear.

Their worries about what the season has in store are heaping up much like the waste that is getting accumulated by the roadside.

Nothing, not even the Corporation’s proclamation that it is prepared to deal with the monsoon-related civic woes, is giving them any respite from this concern.

One of the reasons for the fear is that though the Corporation says it is prepared, the civic body is tight-lipped on the action plan it has to do away with the waste collected during pre-monsoon drive. The residents of the city, as a result, are left in the dark about the modus operandi.

Vilappilsala

They also seem unconvinced, as the Corporation’s claims by and far do not seem logical with the only dumping yard at Vilappilsala still remaining closed and an alternative to the plant yet to be identified.

Unless the Corporation charted out a plan of action to dispose the waste in a safe environment, the drive would not yield the desired results, some residents told The Hindu,.

According to Rajagopal, a resident of Chempagasseri, the pre-monsoon drive has almost become a ritual.

“It will be an uphill task for the city Corporation to maintain cleanliness during monsoon. We are not clear what the Corporation intends to do with the accumulated waste on road sides and the silt removed from canals during the cleaning-up operation,” he says.

Another resident, Patric Roy of Shanghumugham, says most of the canals are choked with solid waste and it will be a mammoth exercise to de-silt these canals before the onset of monsoon.

In the past too, last minute effort to de-clog the canals had failed, resulting in water stagnation especially in low-lying areas.

The authorities concerned should have taken up de-silting and cleaning of drains and canals months before, he says.

The hiccups, could be to a large extent, removed by active cooperation between the civic body and residents associations, P.K. Mathew of Peroorkada points out. “The aspect of joint efforts to tackle civic problem is completely lacking in the city,” he says.

In certain areas, the ward members want to join hands with residents but then political considerations of a few in the locality stand as a hindrance, he says.

In the absence of a well thought-out plan, there is a clear threat of outbreak of infectious diseases, Mathew fears. Residents are perturbed over the way the government and Corporation handles the issue. “Both are busy mudslinging and trying to pass the buck. In the interest of the public, they should sink their differences and work jointly to address the issue,” Mr Rajagopal says.