Fire subsides, but problems persist

Earth moving equipment at Kannadapalayam garbage dump yard. —Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Earth moving equipment at Kannadapalayam garbage dump yard. —Photo: G. Krishnaswamy  


The fire which broke out at the Kannadapalayam dumpyard of Tambaram Municipality earlier this month has caused severe problems for residents. Though they have been putting up with the inconvenience for several decades now, residents living around it are yet to recover from its impact.

While residents complain of health problems, environmentalists are anxious about the future of the yard.

Many schoolchildren have fallen sick over the past few days. A student from west Tambaram, A. Naveed Umar, said he was one among those affected by the smoke as his home is just 400 metres away from the yard. He stayed away from classes for two days last week and the foul smell was still persistent.

 Tambaram Municipality Chairman M.Karikalan said: “We spent Rs. 5.27 lakh to control the fire and 40 fire fighters and 50 municipality workers were pressed into the operation.”

Municipality workers sprayed anti-flies medicines around the dump yard to prevent spread of disease.

“We will be investing Rs. 74 lakh to install closed circuit television cameras around the dump yard along with fire fighting equipment as part of preventive measures. The approach roads have been re-laid for emergency vehicles such as fire tenders and two high power motors have been installed in Mullai Nagar to pump water from the tank nearby,” the chairman added.

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