While their neighbours enjoy clean surroundings, residents of Model School Road in Thousand Lights living amidst garbage and stench, reports Vipasha Sinha
These two neighbouring localities are a study in contrasts: while Khader Nawaz Khan Road-Rutland Gate area boasts of high-end stores, well-laid roads and clean dustbins, Model School Road in Thousand Lights is marked by broken dustbins, overflowing garbage and unclean toilets.
There is a lot more that is wrong with Model School Road. On this narrow stretch, vehicles are parked haphazardly. Cars are abandoned near a transformer, located next to cramped houses. Gulam Abbas Ali Khan 10th Street, which branches off Model School Road, also has a public toilet that, residents complain, is not regularly cleaned.
“People walking past the stretch find the stench unbearable. Imagine the plight of the residents who have to live with it,” says V. Jayanthi, a resident.
She says that by evening the odour from the garbage and the toilet is intolerable. “The public toilet, which is used by people living nearby, is not cleaned properly with disinfectants. Also, people throw garbage on the road as bins are overflowing and rarely cleared.”
Added to this, a vacant space sandwiched between the public toilet and a residential building is being used as an unofficial dumping yard. “It is extremely unhygienic as people discard all kinds of waste there. We have made several complaints to the officials but no step has been taken yet,” says S. Sarvanan, another resident.
Some say that the people who live close by are misusing the vacant area.
“People may complain, but it is a convenient dumping ground. A butchery shop, right opposite the vacant area, uses it to throw its waste. Even residents living right opposite the area throw garbage from the balcony on the first floor,” says another resident. Residents suggest that a wall could be build in front of the area to cut the access to it. They also want cleanliness to be maintained in their area, which includes cleaning the public toilet regularly, twice a day, with proper disinfectants.