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Updated: May 29, 2012 00:11 IST

Perungudi dumpyard smoulders

Deepa H. Ramakrishnan
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A smog over Prungudi, from burning garbage in the dumpyard. Photo: M. Karunakaran
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A smog over Prungudi, from burning garbage in the dumpyard. Photo: M. Karunakaran

Thick smoke emanating from the Chennai Corporation's Perungudi garbage dumping yard had engulfed many parts of Perungudi and Thoraipakkam on Monday morning.

“It looks like Bhogi day. The Thoraipakkam – Pallavaram Radial Road was covered in smoke early in the morning and it made driving difficult for us,” said V. Emil, a share autorickshaw driver.

Garbage in the yard has been burning for a couple of days now, and every time the westerly winds blow, smoke is blown towards residential areas in Thoraipakkam and Perungudi.

On Monday morning, around 25 residents of Perungudi, who live close to the dumping yard, had gathered near the gate to stage a protest against the burning. In just a few minutes, the residents felt their eyes burning and a few complained of headaches. The protest did not take place, as local police officials arrived asked the residents to meet Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy to take action.

“The garbage here has been burning for over four months now, and flames keep rising up from the bottom. No amount of water is helping to put out the fire, as top layers become dry fast. We want water lorries to be deployed on a regular basis so that the garbage does not catch fire. There is a school right next to the dumping yard, just imagine the plight of the children,” said a resident.

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Dear Chennai Corporation,

When you sanctioned residential areas for development of flats and large scale dwellings around the suburbs especially Perungudi and Thoraipakkam, were you even considering the health problems that could be inflicted upon the families who would be living in these areas?
Now that the residential areas have become populated, is it not required from you to find ways to close the dumpyard and manage waste differently? Why should the residents in these areas who have also paid substantial amount of hard earned money as service tax and other numerous taxes to the government suffer?
It would also be nice if some of your representatives come and visit the residential areas and discuss with them about how you would be improving the situation. It is a very good opportunity for you elected members to descend from your ivory towers of governance and connect with the people on the ground. As one of the residents in the area, I know how it hurts.

All the best!

from:  Anil
Posted on: Jun 1, 2012 at 13:06 IST

Open Letter to Thiru Saidai Duraiswamy,

Respected Sir,

With huge hopes we saw you become the Mayor of this city.

The Perungudi dumpyard is a curse to all the residents of this
locality. Everyday its a torture to getup in the morning and being
felt like pushed in a room full of toxic smoke for 3-4 hours, the same
is repeated in the night.

I request you to come to my home and stay for a day and feel the
torture that we go through every single day and night. small children
being rushed to doctors to be treated for Asthama, office goers
falling sick with throat pain and eye infection.

as respected mayor of the city can you please put a stop to this never
ending agony that we face every day.

from:  Dennis
Posted on: May 31, 2012 at 08:40 IST
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