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OSR land turned into dumping ground

A Corporation of Chennai Land in AGS Colony, West Velachery is being misused as a dumpyard, causing inconvinience to residents of that locality. Photo: Nimalan Arooran   | Photo Credit: NIMALAN_AROORAN

A piece of land at AGS Colony in Velachery West is being misused as a dumping ground for the last few years.

According to residents of the colony, the land, which measures five grounds, approximately, comes under open space reservation. It had been handed over to Chennai Corporation in early 1980s by the residents’ welfare association of AGS Colony, expecting the land to be converted into a facility — park, community hall or anything else — that could benefit the residents. “ The Corporation has not come up with any welfare project on the OSR land so far,” says K.V. Venugopalan, a long-time resident.

That the Association is dormant does not help matters, adds Venugopalan.

The residents say the colony has seen a great deal of construction activity, with many houses and apartments coming up in the last few years. Development has brought with the problem of waste. People find this vacant land a convenient space to throw away garbage. As construction activity continues unabated in the neighbourhood, construction debris finds its way to the plot. “Whenever we approach the authorities concerned asking them to address this problem, we are told that we should represent the matter through a residents’ welfare association. Now, the hitch is the neighbourhood doesn’t have an association. For various reasons, we are unable to form one,” he adds.

Another long-time resident N. Venkatraman says, “Metro-water supply is highly erratic in the colony. The officials cite the location of neighbourhood ‘at the tail-end’ as reason for the irregular supply. So, why not have a pumping station on this piece of land?” He also suggested that an EB sub-station could come up as there was frequent power fluctuation in the locality.

“The land has remained vacant for the last 30 years. If the Corporation doesn’t have any plans in the near future, at least it should fence its property and take measures to stop the practice of throwing garbage and construction debris,” say the residents.

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