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HEALTH HAZARD: Garbage dumped along the Kangeyam Main Road in Arachalur. PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN
HEALTH HAZARD: Garbage dumped along the Kangeyam Main Road in Arachalur. PHOTO: M. GOVARTHAN

Karthik Madhavan

Civic body blames poor resources

ERODE: Arachalur, a town panchayat about 20 km southwest of Erode, is unique in a sense. Unlike other towns that have painted signboards, this town, it appears, has signboards in garbage mounds, which dot either side of the road at regular intervals, as if announcing the beginning on the town.

Within the town limits, things are no different either. In front of hotels, shops, houses and almost every place it is not difficult to spot garbage piled up. Plastic cups, paper plates, banana leaves, other organic wastes and construction debris make up the waste composition, which serve as dog hotspot.

Schools are not spared as well. In front of the Government High School, Arachalur, garbage lies piled up.

The town panchayat officials say they are rather helpless as hotels, despite repeated requests, dump garbage only on roadside. "We have told them umpteen times and even took the police help in asking them not to dump garbage on the road but to little effect," says a town panchayat employee.

This is, however, only one side of the problem. The town panchayat does not have enough resources. Officials say with just one tiller it is difficult collecting garbage. Shortage of conservancy workers is another reason. Of the six workers present, two have been deputed for tax collection.

The officials say they have requested for more men and asked for more vehicles.

"Pushcarts and tractors for garbage collection will arrive soon," says an employee. The town panchayat has 15 wards and has a population of 12,321.

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