Residents of Vadavalli and Veerakeralam under Coimbatore Corporation Ward 39 in Corporation limits, said that those who consume liquor in the open discard single-use plastics on roadsides daily.
Ward 39: Vadavalli & Veerakeralam (West Zone)
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According to a resident for 13 years in Keerthi Nagar, on the Siruvani Road, open consumption of liquor can be seen at several spots, one of which is close to the National Sports School in Kannappar Nagar. “There was a bar here, but it was shut down roughly three months back. It now functions as an eatery. But, some customers use the spot to consume liquor in the afternoons. Since a proper road has not been laid, the lane is narrow. After 6 p.m., the area becomes congested, specifically because of the eatery,” said the 45-year-old resident.
Adding to this, she said, the eatery dumps unsegregated food waste close to a garbage bin and the residents of the apartment complexes in the ward throw waste in the open.
Conservancy workers do not come here for daily collection since the road is muddy and dusty. The garbage bin is cleared once a week, she said.
An official of the Corporation Health Department said some workers had taken long leaves this week considering Independence Day and Aadi Ammavasai. “The waste may have accumulated then. The department will ensure it is cleared in the next few days. Monthly inspection to check use of banned plastics is also done, but without public and vendor cooperation, controlling its use is difficult,” the official said.
Another shopkeeper for 10 years in the area said, “The interior roads, which are muddy and not properly maintained coupled with garbage dumps become nearly impossible to use, especially during monsoon.”
“Accidents due to slippery pathways are common even after mild showers. Further, we do not have a direct drinking water supply connection and have to travel nearly 3 km to Balu Gardens, which becomes tough if the road is muddy,” the shopkeeper said.
According to Corporation assistant engineer of the ward S.R. Savitha, mulling and levelling of the roads began recently in some areas. “For roads in Keerthi Nagar, ₹92 lakh has been allotted under the State Finance Commission and levelling will commence this week [by August 19],” she added.