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Padur residents complain of illegal dumping of waste

Garbage and sewage take over vacant space along Muttukadu backwaters

Residents of Padur allege that tankers continue to release untreated sewage in vacant lands adjoining the Muttukadu backwaters. They have also alleged that trucks come in and dump garbage in the vacant lands.

According to Jayanthi Jacob, a resident of Padur, the illegal dumping of garbage and sewage water started about three or four years ago.

“Private operators dump at least 10-15 trucks of garbage which is also being burnt. They are also being burnt here. The residents in six large apartment complexes within 300 metres from the garbage burning site as well as University students are inhaling the toxic fumes,” she said.

The residents have been running from pillar to post calling for a proper garbage disposal system, but to no avail. Jayanthi said they first approached the Thiruporur Block Development Officer in 2015 who asked them to go to the Padur panchayat president, who directed them to the Kelambakkam police.

With each department passing the buck, the residents submitted petitions to the Kancheepuram Collector and all the departments concerned, following which a barricade was erected on the approach path to the site and the dumping of sewage by tankers stopped.

However, this did not turn out to be a lasting solution.

The residents claimed that the private operators broke the barricades and started letting in sewage again.

“We were back to square one. We submitted petitions to all the officials again and a panchayat official told me that the panchayat can use the ‘poromboke’ land to dump garbage if the civic body has no alternate facility. The police too refused to register an FIR,” Jayanthi added. Residents feared that the indiscriminate dumping of garbage and sewage waste would contaminate groundwater in the neighbourhood. “The volume of garbage is only increasing. If the authorities continue to ignore the issue, there will be a trash mountain on Muttukadu backwaters soon,” she feared.

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