Clogged drains, unprotected water tank, bad roads: problems endless at Tiruchengode and around
TIRUCHENGODE: While special economic zones keep the country, politicians and media busy elsewhere, residents of this town and several others in this region are worried about SMBZs - special mosquito-breeding zones.
An example of SMBZ is the sewage pool at Kootappalli, off the Pallipalayam Road, near here. The pool, close to the Tiruchengode Municipality's dump yard, serves as the storehouse of town's wastewater. Most of the town's drainage stagnates here.
From here the mosquitoes trouble Kootappalli residents. Residents of ward 12 say that fearing mosquitoes, they keep doors and windows closed.
On the same road towards the town is Sanarpalayam (ward 29). And things are worse here.
Each houses is an island - surrounded by sewage. Wastewater clogged in drains by plastic and other solid waste flows onto the land. There is no outlet.
Nor is there a wastewater treatment facility. Here too the residents' woes are the same - mosquitoes and unclean environment. In the heart of the town is Amman Kulam. Opposite the bus stand, the huge tank was meant to store rainwater.
Residents say that sometime ago, with World Bank assistance, works were taken up to upgrade the tank and protect collected water from misuse. The tank today is an antithesis. There is no compound wall to protect the kulam, whose water now serves those who relieve themselves in the open.
Along the embankments, it is easy to spot human waste. Not only that, the tank has turned into a dump yard as well. That Tiruchengode is a dry belt that suffered in the recent drought and the tank spread over an acre could well solve some of their drinking water needs, seem not to have sunk in much into civic body officials and town's public.
Residents concerned want the civic body to protect the tank by constructing a fence.
Also on residents' wish list is a good bus stand road. The road exists amidst potholes. At the entrance, the potholes appear more like small craters. Inside the bus stand, things are no different.
Concrete flooring has given way in many places, giving commuters a tough time - especially on rainy days. An improved bus stand is what the residents want.