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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Heap of garbage dumped on the road by wayside eateries on Nanjappa Road in Coimbatore.- Photo: M. Periasamy
FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Heap of garbage dumped on the road by wayside eateries on Nanjappa Road in Coimbatore.- Photo: M. Periasamy

Anasuya Menon

`The Corporation should impose a hefty fine on the shop owners who dump their wastes'

COIMBATORE: The residents of NSR Road at Saibaba Colony wake up to an unpleasant sight every morning - heaps of garbage strewn on the road.

Used banana leaves, polythene bags, vegetable wastes and leftover food lie scattered inviting swarms of flies and mosquitoes and sometimes even stray dogs.

This problem is caused by roadside eateries on the stretch. While doling out lip-smacking varieties of snacks on the one hand, such establishments dump the leftovers on the streets leaving them to rot there. Vegetable vendors too add to the problem by leaving vegetable peels on the road, says one of the residents of Ramalingam Nagar on NSR Road. "There was a Corporation bin in the area, but now it has been removed," she says. She also adds that the eateries wash their vessels on the road leaving behind pools of dirty water.

Commercial establishments

The problem, however, is not restricted to NSR Road. The road from Saibaba Colony to Thadagam is dotted with hotels and commercial establishments that dump garbage on the roadsides. There are nearly 300 shops and not enough bins to accommodate the wastes making it spill over into the drainage.

The Corporation vehicle collects garbage from the area between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. when most of these shops are not open. They remain open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and the garbage remains on the roads till the next morning.

Garbage-free

"The Corporation should impose a hefty fine on the shop owners who dump their wastes on the roads," says Colony R.Venkatachalam, Councillor of Ward 62.

Providing at least one bin for ten shops and making shop owners aware of the need to dump garbage in it will solve the problem, he says.

Also, if the Corporation sends garbage-collection vehicles after 9.30 a.m., the roads can be garbage-free, Mr. Venkatachalam says.

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