Dumping of garbage and plastic waste along Vanagaram Road is giving motorists and pedestrians a trying experience. S. Sivalingam, a member of the local residents’ welfare association, said that when he brought this issue to the notice of the District Administration of Tiruvallur, he was told to wait for a few weeks to allow the Chennai Corporation to initiate a step. He added that in 2008, the authority had written letters to various municipalities, now merged with the Chennai Corporation, asking them to take action against those dumping garbage along the northern portion of Inner Ring Road and other roads which are maintained by State Highways Department.
Sources in Highways Department said that garbage was being dumped for about a kilometre length on one side of the road. “We are unable to remove the garbage.
We had asked the Ambattur Municipality (now with Chennai Corporation) to ensure that garbage is not dumped here, but no step has been taken to prevent the menace,” the source said.
“Bundles of plantain stems could be found dumped on the roadside and on barricades,” complain motorists.
“Irumbuliyur-Maduravoyal Bypass Road is a very important link for residents of Pammal, Pozhichalur, Anakaputhur, and Kundrathur. We take it to reach places such as Anna Nagar, Vadapalani, Guindy, and Porur. Local bodies must take steps to prevent dumping of garbage on service roads,” said R. Rajeswaran, a resident of Thiruneermalai. If there are gusty winds, garbage is found strewn over the road.
Residents of Kovur also complained about burning of garbage. “Despite High Court orders on various issues relating to garbage management, very little has been done by local bodies,” says M. Karthikeyan, a resident of Mogappair Western Extension. Several stretches of the service roads on Chennai Byepass Road continue to be under a blanket of smoke, he added.
Residents seek the intervention of Municipal Administration, District Administrations and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.