Staff Reporter

Waste get cleared once in three days

Problem continues even after privatisation of garbage removal last year Irregular clearance of garbage a breeding ground of insects, a threat to residents' health Petitions to municipality officials prove futile

CHENNAI: Residents of Vijayalakshmipuram, Ambattur, have been breathing polluted air for about five years now as their locality has been turned into a makeshift garbage dumping yard.

At least 20 cartloads of garbage collected from various streets of the ward are dumped daily on the roadside adjacent to a vacant plot in Bhakthavatchalam Street-Alagiriswamy Street junction, the residents complained. The garbage, which occupied a lot of space on the 30 feet wide road, was removed only on the third day. The dumping of garbage, which was said to be a temporary one with promises of being cleared on the same day, continued even after privatisation of garbage removal last year, they added.

B.R. Prasad, a resident of Prakasamgaru Street, said the dumping of garbage left only five feet for road users, rendering the stretch unmotorable. Irregular clearance of the accumulated garbage, which has relegated the place to a breeding ground of insects, is a threat to residents' health. R. Suresh, a former resident of Alagiriswamy Street, said the makeshift dumping yard was one of the reasons for him shifting house. "My family suffered from several diseases in the past two years due to incessant breathing of polluted air," he said.

The dumping of garbage was stopped for a week last year after a petition was submitted to the then Tiruvallur Collector. It continues to be an ordeal as several petitions to the municipality officials proved futile, he added. Responding to the complaints, Municipal chairman K. Rukmangathan said that at present the garbage collected from each ward was transported to the Vanagaram Road site. The local body has chosen the Tansi land of 10 acres and the Veerapuram poromboke land of 30 acres for compost yards. Both were awaiting approval from the Government.