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‘We also have the responsibility to keep the streets clean’

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Cooperation sought:While some residents of Jeevaratnam Nagar have made a resolution not to throw garbage on the streets many are yet to follow suit. This photo was taken by an eight-year-old child Samartha Trayambaka.
Cooperation sought:While some residents of Jeevaratnam Nagar have made a resolution not to throw garbage on the streets many are yet to follow suit. This photo was taken by an eight-year-old child Samartha Trayambaka.

All of us are responsible for the mess on every street. Jeevaratnam Nagar between Padmanaabha Nagar and Shastri Nagar used to be clean a decade ago, but it is now an eyesore.

Some of us have done our best to keep the colony clean. But without the support of the other residents, who throw their garbage mindlessly on both sides of the road, we cannot be as successful in our mission as we hope to be. There is no space left for people to walk and often senior citizens stumble and break their ribs. Apart from piles of garbage, debris from the road and house constructions occupy a large part of the road.

We cannot blame the Corporation for the residents’ lack of civic sense.

The Corporation workers try to attend to every complaint, but they have their limitations. The Corporation office complains that they do not have sufficient personnel and machinery to operate as often as possible. The best solution is in keeping our environment clean by not discarding the waste on the road.

Some of us have ensured that we don’t have to throw any garbage, even in the bin. We compost the degradable waste.

P.Dhananjayan, Adyar

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