Call to streamline garbage collection

MOUNTING COMPLAINTS: A garbage lorry on the Commissioner's Road in Udhagamandalam on Saturday. - Photo: D. Radhakrishnan  

Special Correspondent

Udhagamandalam: In a bid to improve the civic conditions on the road in the hill station, the municipality has been requested to change the garbage collection timing. To The Hindu on Saturday, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Udhagamandalam Division M.C. Palanisamy pointed out that under the present system, often the waste from the garbage lorry flew and landed on vehicles in the rear.

Traffic jam

Whenever the lorries got stuck in traffic jam, particularly in busy places such as Commercial

Road and Charring Cross, there was unbearable stench in the entire area.

Infrastructure the same

Since complaints were mounting, the civic administration has been requested to transport garbage at a convenient time and strictly avoid peak hours.

Pointing out that efforts were on to streamline traffic here, he said that though the infrastructure remains the same, the number of vehicles has increased considerably over the years.

Display boards

With many of the shopkeepers displaying their boards on the footpath, the pedestrians were forced to walk on the road. Cases have been registered against a few traders for causing such obstructions.

The merchants in the municipal markets have been instructed not to cause hardship to the public by occupying the narrow pathways. At a recent meeting, the members of the Merchants Association of Udhagamandalam have assured the police that they would extend cooperation. If lorries unloaded goods on the Lower Bazaar Road they would be seized, he warned.

Road Safety Patrol

Stating that the number of traffic constables had been increased, Mr. Palanisamy said that the Road Safety Patrol introduced in a school here recently would be extended in a phased manner. "The idea is to make everyone respect and follow road rules," he added.