One major and common problem dogging the old town residents is rampant dust pollution. The pollution could be anything like coal dust, iron ore dust and other mineral dust. The whole area from Kotha Road to old town resembles an ancient workshop with blackness and dust most commonly seen in the houses and on motor vehicles that have been just parked. Roads are jet black with layers of dust resembling an abandoned dump yard.Vijaya Kumari, a resident of Kota Veedhi says coal and mineral dust is found even in drinking water. The one time glorious old town is reduced to a mineral yard. “We breathe particles of dust and many of us are in for a major health disaster if the situation does not improve,” she said.Vijay Pradhan of St.John’s Church says that pollution is a major problem and the church management is planning to shift the church to a healthier locality.
Reji Lomath, an Anglo-Indian says that the dust pollution is hazardous to the thousands of schoolchildren in the several schools located in the region.
The quality of life is very poor and the area is virtually a god-forsaken place with pollution all-pervading every sphere of life. Food, water and air stands polluted, say local residents.
I was until recently a resident of Sivalayam street in the old town. Unable to put up with the dust pollution which was causing respiratory problems to our family members, we shifted to a safer zone. The houses resemble worker’ quarters located in a coal mine yard with dust everywhere, says