The problem is rampant on Padi Kuppam Road, East Main Road and Valayapathi Road which comes under Ambattur Zone

Despite court orders and ban, burning of garbage mounds continues on East Main Road in Anna Nagar West Extension. Residents have to put up with the thick smoke that engulfs their houses everyday.

This issue is likely to pose many problems, said Kanakasabhai, who takes his morning stroll on this stretch.

Padi Kuppam Road, East Main Road and Valayapathi Road under Chennai Corporation's Ambattur Zone give the true picture of what happens to the ban on garbage burning. People resent over the issue that how a good infrastructure is being spoiled by miscreants.

A resident of Padi Kuppam Road said that a drive on the nearly two-km-long road would show mounds of garbage being burnt burning at various locations. On one side of the road, an electrical transformer is installed and electricians had a tough time on the other day to carry out some repair work as they had to walk on the litter to complete the task.

Residents said that garbage cleaners set fire to the leaves that are shed by the trees. At a point between the Adyar River basin and fringes of Porur Lake, one can see huge heaps mounds of garbage being burnt.

Making matters worse To aggravate the issue, private industrial units also dump their refuse on both sides of the road, and thus posing a health hazard. Residents of East Main Road in Anna Nagar West Extension said that on many occasions garbage cleaners set fire to the leaves that are shed by avenue trees on the road.At a point where the stretch between Adyar River basin and fringes of Porur Lake, one can notice how huge mounds of garbage dumped and burnt. With no policing is available with neither National Highways Authority nor State Highways Department, taking advantage of the situation private industrial units also dump their wastes and refuses on the sideways of the road thus creating a overall health hazard to the motorists and residential localities nearby.

According to a resident of TVS Colony, the Athipattu dump yard is overflowing and hence door-to-door collection of garbage has stopped. As a result people are throwing on the road sides.

In a number of village panchayats in the suburbs, the fringes around the burial ground-cum-cremation shed acts as the dumpyard. Heaps of rubbish are entering water bodies too. With the result people started dumping wastes on the roadside itself, which is more hazardous, he said. In number of village panchayats in the suburbs, the garbage dumping site seemed to be restricted to the fringes around the burial ground-cum-cremation shed. But now, sheets of garbage are eating into the water spread of the lakes and sideways of roads.

With very little being done by the administration on source segregation, composting or creation of basic landfill sites, vacant spaces meant for public purposes, fringes of water bodies and road ends are at the receiving end.