Lack of dumper bins forces public to throw waste into Kiruthamal channel

An aerial view of the Kiruthamal channel is choked with plastic and other waste alongside Chintamani in Madurai.

An aerial view of the Kiruthamal channel is choked with plastic and other waste alongside Chintamani in Madurai.   | Photo Credit: R_ASHOK

Stench, mosquito menace are set to rise with the onset of monsoon

As long as she can remember, V. Selvi’s house on Vinayagar Koil street at Chintamani here has been swarmed by mosquitoes. The house is located less than 100 metres away from the Kiruthamal channel that runs through ward 58 towards Samanatham.

Here, waste of all kinds is dumped and heaped into the channel as well as on the banks. Selvi says that she has now gotten used to budgeting hundreds of rupees on mosquito coils, creams and nets but there has been no permanent and sustainable solution yet.

“We haven’t peacefully slept in over 25 years but the past five years have been the worst,” she says.

Most residents who live in ward 58 echo the same sentiments. A troubled P. Murugesan who lives on Bharathiyar street says that the Corporation barely visits the streets for mosquito fogging.

“Fogging vehicle comes once in six months but only sprays the chemical on Chintamani main road. Most residents live inside the streets across the main road. Hence, we are barely benefited,” he says.

He adds that there is not enough manpower to collect garbage across the entire ward. The rampant dumping inside the channel is a direct consequence of lack of dumper bins and regular door-to-door collection.

Though conservancy workers come every two days to pick up garbage and sweep areas like Kannan Colony, other areas like Bharathiyar street and Thiruvalluvar street are left in the lurch.

He adds that the Corporation must educate the public on the hazards of dumping waste in the channel.

The Kiruthumal’s stench is set to rise with the onset of monsoon. M. Paapu, who lives near Kannan Colony bus stop, says that the residents there must start equipping themselves against major diseases.

“We hope that the Corporation cleans this area before the garbage from the channel spills onto the streets. It would cause havoc and all children who play on the streets will definitely fall sick,” she says.

A source from the Corporation says that manual cleaning of parts of the channel is done at an interval of 30 days.

“We have received petitions for building a parapet wall along the channel. We also get several petitions for clearing the garbage. Currently, no proposal has been submitted for using earth-movers. We plan to begin the activity in a couple of months,” says the source.

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