It is poor waste management, say residents

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MESSY HEAP: Garbage along Vilankurichi Road in the city. —
MESSY HEAP: Garbage along Vilankurichi Road in the city. —

K. V. Prasad

Garbage lay accumulated in several places, posing the threat of diseases

COIMBATORE: The Residents Awareness Association of Vilankurichi has complained to the Assistant Director of Panchayats that garbage removal is shoddy in the Vilankurichi Panchayat, north of Avanashi Road in Peelamedu. It has accused the local body of neglecting some areas on it limits.

In a petition to the official recently, the association secretary, R. Kandasamy said: “Vilankurichi Panchayat is concentrating on its own village and Cheran Maanagar. The other areas are totally neglected”. Garbage lay accumulated in several places, posing the threat of diseases.

The association claimed that the panchayat had stated earlier that it had only four conservancy workers and garbage could be removed only when people made specific demands. Despite garbage being a serious issue, this was never discussed at any of the Gram Sabha meetings, it complained in the petition.

The association itself had to remove three tonnes of garbage by using a lorry provided by the Coimbatore Corporation’s North Zone Chairman and councillor of Ward No.3 C. Padmanabhan.

At present, garbage was removed from all the layouts of Vilankurichi village such as Kumudham Nagar, Sri Ambal Nagar, Sri Vignesh Nagar and Kanchi Nagar. Waste was cleared from these areas in a tie-up with a self-help group and the residents pay Rs.20 a month for the door-to-door collection. This arrangement was optional. Residents who were interested could pay and have the garbage removed from their houses. About 45 other layouts were forced to endure garbage heaps that were not being removed.

The association pointed out that it was formed to fight for civic amenities. (The association was formed to campaign for the laying of Vilankurichi Road, that links the Avanashi Road with the panchayat.) The petition also complained of irregular supply of drinking water. Though there were reports that the dams providing water to the Siruvani and Pilloor schemes were full, supply to the colonies in the panchayat was very poor. The association also said that the officials concerned had cited problems in the pipelines, such as leaks, as the reason for the erratic supply. The panchayat was also citing shortage of funds to set right the problems. But, there was information that the local body had not taken steps to collect Property Tax properly to improve its financial position. This, in turn, reflected on water supply and garbage removal, the association alleged.




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