Staff Reporter

TIRUNELVELI: The Corporation mobilised its entire conservancy workforce at Melapalayam on Wednesday to clean the garbage dunes, drainage channels and sprinkle bleaching powder as part of its mass cleaning operations.

Following reports on severe outbreak of chikungunya and viral fever at Melapalayam, it was decided to conduct mass cleaning operations in the Corporation’s most backward region by converging there its entire conservancy workforce of 735 personnel continuously for two days.

Minister for Environment, Youth Welfare and Sports T.P.M. Maideen Khan, Mayor A.L. Subramanian, Deputy Mayor K. Muthuramalingam and Commissioner K. Bhaskaran formally inaugurated this massive exercise at Jinnah Grounds, Melapalayam.

Divided into 17 teams, the conservancy workers with mask cleared the garbage heaped on the roadside, desilted the drainage channels on the roads as well as passing through the small lanes between the houses and sprinkled bleaching powder immediately. In the evening, intensive fogging was conducted in all the streets to destroy the mosquitoes, spreading the chikungunya and the viral fever.

The wet silt removed from the drainage channels is being allowed to become dry so that it can be cleared easily on Thursday.

Tea, snacks, lunch and tiffin were provided to the conservancy workers so that there was no delay in the cleaning operation.

Though the cleaning exercise has revived cleanliness to a greater extent at Melapalayam, the officials expect the active participation of the residents also in this regard.

“Organisations having active presence at Melapalayam should encourage the residents of this area to ensure cleanliness in the smaller area where they are living. Apart from using the garbage bins kept at several places in the best possible fashion, they should discourage open defecation and other unhealthy practices so that cleanliness will come to stay at Melapalayam permanently,” said a corporation official.