Residents of all zones in the city can soon look forward to two litter-free roads.

All 15 zones have been asked by the Chennai Corporation to declare two roads for which all efforts will be taken to ensure they remain clean. Some zones have already started work on the areas. L.B. Road and Kalki Krishnamurthy Salai are among the roads which will soon have boards declaring the stretch a ‘litter-free zone.’

A few zones have planned to use the services of at least 15 workers to sweep the roads three times a day, with the workers likely to be made accountable for deficiency in sweeping operations. Sweeping is normally done only once a day on the city roads.

The Corporation plans to have workers removing trash as soon as a resident is spotted disposing the waste on the roads.

This is expected to educate residents and prevent them from littering roads. The Corporation has also planned to set a precedent for other parts of the city by sprucing up the 30 roads and their footpaths. Illegal banners or hoardings will be removed on such stretches immediately after they are erected.

“All roads in the city should be clean. We are used to spitting on the road. The move will be successful if the Corporation gets the cooperation of the people,” Ahmed Sirajuddin, a resident of Perambur, said.

Many zones of the civic body have also decided to use the services of private agencies to remove construction debris on the roads. Kodambakkam zone has invited bids from private agencies for the clearing of debris on roads in each of the wards. As many as 8,000 tonnes of construction debris are found on the road every week.

The civic body is also planning to impose new conditions before a demolition order is issued for a building.


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