Residents put up barriers to prevent vehicles into dump yard
KANCHEEPURAM: The hapless victims of garbage dumping in Kachabeswarar Nagar here have themselves found a solution to the problem.
The residents have put up granite pillars to bar vehicles from entering the sprawling open ground on Thyarkulam Street, belonging to a Siva temple in the town. The open ground had been unofficially converted into a dumping yard by the civic body, which started dumping garbage and domestic waste collected from the houses in Madam Street, Mandapam Street and other streets in Pillayarpalayam area there for the last 18 months.
When the residents brought to this to the notice of municipal authorities, the then Chairman and officials assured them that the site would be used as a transfer point only and the accumulated garbage would be cleared at frequent intervals. However, the assurance was not kept.
In the meantime, local body elections were announced. Before the elections were held, access to the Kachabeswarar Nagar from Thayarkulam Street was made possible by pushing the garbage to one side of the site using an earthmover at the instance of the then Municipal Chairman, said a resident.
Left with no option, the residents resorted to burning of the dumped garbage. However, much to their relief, the previous Municipal chairman emerged victorious from their ward in the recent elections to the Municipality.
The local residents are now pinning their hopes on the newly elected councillor to help redress their long-pending grievance.