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‘Illegal discharge of sewage into vacant plots contaminates groundwater in Perumbakkam’

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Residents urge panchayat to take strict action against sewage tanker operators who violate rules

The residents of Perumbakkam have urged the Perumbakkam Village Panchayat to take strict action against the drivers and operators of sewage tankers who discharge sewage into vacant plots in the neighbourhood and into the Pallikaranai wetland.

Vacant plots in areas such as Nookampalayam, Sekaran Nagar, Kailash Nagar, Gurudev Colony and Indira Priyadarshini Nagar are becoming hotspots for dumping sewage, complain residents.

Says K. Sarangadass, convener, Perumbakkam Federation of Associations, “The illegal dumping of sewage in vacant plots happens mostly at night. As a result, the groundwater is contaminated and unfit for use. We are forced to buy water from private suppliers for cooking and drinking purposes. We are storing the water in the sumps for other uses. The vacant plots have also become a breeding ground for the mosquitoes.”

Ideally, the drivers, after clearing blocks in septic tanks from commercial establishments, homes and apartments should transport it to the sewage treatment plant on Corporation Road, Perungudi. “However, they are illegally dumping the sewage here, just to avoid waiting in the line and paying the fee of ₹150 per truck. This is costing the neighbourhood its resources,” says another resident.

During heavy rain, the sewage mixed with rainwater overflows and stagnates for days on end posing a health risk. “We have brought up the issue with the authorities of the Perumbakkam Village Panchayat, but no action has been taken till date,” adds K. Sarangadass.

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