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Garbage piling up in Pondicherry

HEALTH RISK: Uncleared garbage at Avvai Nagar. — Photo: T. Singaravelou

HEALTH RISK: Uncleared garbage at Avvai Nagar. — Photo: T. Singaravelou  

Civic chief says steps are on to employ self-help groups to clean up the city

Rajesh Nair

PONDICHERRY: Even as the arterial roads and the town look neat in Pondicherry after the civic authorities started the 24-hour garbage-clearing programme, most of the residential areas in the Union Territory present a contrasting picture with garbage strewn in almost all the streets.

Residents in most areas complain that the garbage is cleared only once or twice a week. And in some areas the conservancy workers never collect the garbage, forcing residents to dump the waste on the streets.

For example, when the Airport Road in Lawspet, is free of garbage 24 hours a day, the residential areas on both sides of the road are in stark contrast. People living in colonies such as Avvai Nagar, Kurunji Nagar and Ashok Nagar — situated on either side of Airport Road — have to wait for days to clear the garbage. They complain that there are not enough garbage bins in their areas. Since the conservancy workers from Oulgaret Municipality do not clear the garbage regularly, the streets are full of stray dogs and rats.

"For the last four days nobody has come to clear the garbage, " R.P. Raman, an employee of a private company residing in 17th cross Avvai Nagar complained while pointing to a heap of garbage near his house.

Residents in Mahaveer Nagar say they have not seen a conservancy worker for a long time. Oulgaret Municipality officials say they do not have enough workforce to collect waste. When contacted, Thyagarajan, Commissioner, said they were trying to employ self-help groups for the job. Talks were on with Exnora to share their expertise in garbage management.

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