Garbage disposal has taken a back seat in the Kothapet area, which forms a part of the Maheshwaram constituency. The authorities and the locals employ a most primitive method to dispose of the bulk garbage; they set the garbage dumps on fire to clean up the area of the waste.
Dumps of rotting waste lie around the roadsides and the colonies in the area, the mounds are set on fire once their volume reaches the maximum. “Though it leads to air pollution, it is the only option,” says Sadiq, a local resident of the area.
“The authorities do not employ trucks to clean up the mess nor do they place adequate bins,” says Salam, another local resident.
The numerous complaints to the authorities had hardly changed the things. “When we complain the officials bring in small trucks to lift the garbage, but that happens occasionally,” says Abdullah, a shop keeper near the Kothapet slaughter house.
The dumps lead to unhygienic conditions in the midst of the localities and in turn invite packs of stray dogs. “To get rid of all this, we burn the garbage dumps regularly, mostly in the night time,” says a local resident.
It is time the authorities put an end to this short cut methods and take steps for proper lifting of garbage, say the residents.