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We will not pay tax, say Chennimalai residents

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DUMP YARD? Garbage piled up in Kothankadu area, Chennimalai. - Photo: M. Govarthan
DUMP YARD? Garbage piled up in Kothankadu area, Chennimalai. - Photo: M. Govarthan

R. Sundaram

`Garbage dumped on roads not cleared for months together'

ERODE: Residents of Chennimalai have decided not to pay property tax, water tax and tax arrears to the panchayat. Reason: Garbage has got piled up in their area for months together.

Chennimalai is well-known for textile dyeing and weaving. Textile wastes from the weaving units are dumped on the road in some places. Some units keep the waste on their premises and dispose them of once a week.

In Kothankadu area in Chennimalai town, the residents suffer because of uncleaned drains and piled up wastes.

K. Sadhasivam, a resident, said: "There are four streets in the area and each street has two drainages. There is no dustbin in any of the streets. So the residents dump the garbage on one side of the street. One can see such heaps in many places. As the garbage is not cleared for the last three months, a foul smell emanates in the area."

The drains get clogged as the wastes block the flow. In some places, the drain overflows and wastewater gets stagnated on the road.

"We have made many representations to the panchayat officials. They said they could not clear the wastes due to paucity of staff," Mr. Sadhasivam said.

"Condemning the inaction of the panchayat and also demanding immediate clearing of the accumulated garbage and other wastes in the four streets, the residents numbering about 250 have decided not to pay tax to the panchayat," he said.

He also said that the residents facing similar problems in other areas would also join them.

The officials said already representations had been made with the district administration and the Government to permit the panchayat to appoint necessary health staff and other employees.

They also said dustbins kept in the streets were damaged. Soon, new dustbins would be placed. "Non-payment of tax to the panchayat is an offence. We will levy penalty and also disconnect water connections if the residents fail to remit the dues," they said.

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