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85 days of stench: no solution in sight for garbage problem

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Drainage canals in city clogged with solid waste

Toxic fumes:Garbage being burnt at the Jaihind market in Thrissur.— Photo: By Special Arrangement
Toxic fumes:Garbage being burnt at the Jaihind market in Thrissur.— Photo: By Special Arrangement

City dwellers are at the end their tether. Eighty-five days have passed since the garbage disposal system in the city was hit.

The people of the city will have no option but to welcome their guests for the Thrissur Pooram with the nauseating stench of rotten garbage if a solution is not found soon.

A walk through the city roads is a disgusting experience. Mounds of garbage are piled up in every street corner, leaving slush and stink.

Stray dogs and cattle feasting on heaps of garbage has become a common sight. Flies and mosquitoes are swarming over the garbage.

Even the City Corporation authorities have stopped giving empty promises.

People are forced to burn the rotten garbage when the stench emanating from it becomes unbearable. The resultant smoke causes major respiratory problems.

Most of the drainage canals in the city are clogged after garbage has been dumped into them. The drainage system has become choked to such a degree that even a mild rain leaves the streets and houses in bad shape.

The city is sitting on a ticking time bomb. Outbreak of epidemics can be expected anytime, alerts the Health Department.

The scene at Shakthan Thampuran market is worse. People are forced to buy vegetables, fish and meat, which are kept amidst stinking waste.

Once the pandals of Thrissur Pooram are set up on the Swaraj Round, the bylanes and outer roads of the city will witness heavy rush of vehicles. The piled up garbage on both sides of these roads will create much hardship for the pedestrians.

Various political parties and social organisations have demanded that the corporation remove the garbage before Thrissur Pooram.

Meanwhile, Citizens Against Corruption and Injustice, a public forum, will confer a title of ‘Garbage King' on Mayor I.P. Paul in protest against his ineptitude in solving the issue.

To make things worse, a fire broke out at the Lalur garbage dumping yard again on Sunday.

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