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Conservancy issue comes to the fore at Tiruchengode Municipal Council meeting

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Neglected: Garbage accumulates on a street in Tiruchengode.
Neglected: Garbage accumulates on a street in Tiruchengode.

Karthik Madhavan

Indiscriminate dumping of all kinds of waste inconveniences people in the town

TIRUCHENGODE: A few yards away from Kailasanathar Temple, on Sannadhi Street, is a vacant site that once housed a Government high school and later primary school.

That was about a decade and half ago. Today, it is in such a bad shape that the walls may meet the ground any time. As and when it falls, the ‘meeting’ may not be great, for the building has no roof. The place belongs to the Tiruchengode Municipality.

The building is of no use but then the town’s residents have made the best of it by converting it into a dump yard. From waste from wedding halls to hospitals, which are at no distance, the building houses them all.

It has been so for the past five years, much to the chagrin of the residents. “In the last five years, shopkeepers like me, who are in the building’s neighbourhood, have had a tough time,” complains K. Tamilarasu, a launderer.

Stench from the decaying waste, flies and mosquitoes that party there and dogs that visit the place for hospital waste add to Mr. Tamilarasu’s woes. His neighbours’ are no different. The waste has affected the temple town’s pilgrims as well.

“Devotees who come to the town enter and exit the temple through the Sannadhi Street. As they cross the place, the stench propels their hands meet the nose. This appears to be a ritual of those visiting the temple,” Mr. Tamilarasu quips.

He wants the Tiruchengode Municipality to clear the place as early as possible. Joining issue with him at Wednesday’s council meeting was M. Manickam, Ward 30 Councillor.

He told the council that the place had remained idle for long, with the dumping troubling the area residents. He suggested clearing up the place for building a library for the Municipality.

Chairman R. Natesan and Commissioner T. Kumar promised to look into the issue.

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