Residents of areas bordering Irumbuliyur-Maduravoyal Bypass Road complain about accumulation of garbage by the side of the 18-km stretch, reports T. Madhavan
The service road along the Irumbuliyur-Maduravoyal Bypass Road is an example of how excellent infrastructure could be misused by private parties and irresponsible residents.
S. Anandan, a roadside vendor from Tambaram West, said that during a drive on the nearly 18-km-long service road one would witness non-stop burning of garbage at various spots.
Anandan said one could see heaps of plantain leaves and vegetable waste being dumped on the road barricades near Irumbuliyur underpass, leading to intense stench.
“This is not the only place where motorists have to put up with bad odour. Several other stretches of the service road are similarly nauseating,” he said.
At a point on the stretch between the Adyar River basin and the fringes of Porur Lake, one could notice how huge mounds of garbage dumped by several village panchayats. With neither the National Highways Authority nor the State Highways Department have the power to engage in policing, private industrial units also take advantage of the situation and dump their wastes on the sideways of the road, thereby causing health hazard for motorists and residents in nearby localities.
Concerned at the attitude of these village panchayats, residents have appealed to the Kundrathur Panchayat Union, District Rural Development Agency and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board for their intervention. They said that water drawn from wells located nearby had been contaminated over the years.
Officials of Tambaram Muncipality said they were strictly adhering to court rulings, and it was miscreants and rag-pickers who burn set garbage on fire on road fringes.
They said they had asked the wholesale market vendors not to dump vegetable wastes by the side of the road.
The vendors had been instructed to wait for the garbage lorries to arrive, the officials said.
However, fuming over the silence maintained by the Kundrathur Panchayat Union on this issue, residents of Kovur, Baraniputhur and other areas have urged the district administration to intervene and help them out.