Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development K.P. Munusamy directed the Chennai Corporation to step up security in Kodungaiyur dump yard to prevent fire accidents in future.

He directed the civic body to increase the number of security personnel in the dump yard. At a review meeting of civic development works and civic challenges in Royapuram and Tondiarpet zones on Wednesday, the participants raised civic issues pertaining to garbage and inadequate drainage network. Representatives of people including MLAs were invited. However, many of them complained that they were not allowed to talk about the pressing civic challenges.

 Perambur MLA A. Soundararajan said he was invited by the civic body but was not allowed to point out the civic challenges in wards covered by his constituency. “The Kodungaiyur dumpyard problem continues to be a major challenge in the locality. It has been burning for many days. This is the most unscientific way of managing municipal solid waste. There is still no way to control fire and the pollution associated with it,” said Mr.Soundararajan. Chennai Corporation has been planning to take various measures to cope with pollution caused by burning of garbage after residents in the vicinity staged a road-roko a few days ago. Currently, more than 100 acres of the 269-acre plot in Kodungaiyur is used to dump garbage.

As the access to the central part of the dumpyard has been blocked because of huge mounds of garbage, the personnel were unable to put out the fire.

“The lack of manpower in Chennai Corporation is yet to be addressed. There is no one to repair even the street lights,” said Mr.Sounararajan. The review meeting in Ambattur and Madhavaram planned in the evening was postponed.