From shoppers to visitors, the commercial Ranganathan Street is a hub of human activity. With the footfall increasing over the weekend, the street that is filled with shops selling garments to accessories and footwear and a line of stalls selling food and beverage, the stretch also sees mounts of garbage.
Narayanan S, a resident of Chromepet who visited the street recently said, “From corn cups to bags discarded indiscriminately, people bring a huge amount of trash as well.” He pointed out that the crowd increases manifold especially in the weekends. “No one actually cares about the way they dispose of garbage. You will always a see a pile of trash in the middle of the street.”
The street is also the bypass route for those coming from the nearby Mambalam Station, a busy stop for suburban train commuters in the city, said Narayanan. A Sarbudin, joint secretary, Ranganathan Street Merchants Association, said that they have personnel deployed to guide the shoppers to discard trash into the bins outside the shops.
“However, there are several thousands who visit the area. That leaves us with a dearth of manpower to address the issue of garbage thrown.”
However, he added that all through the day, the garbage is cleared by collecting them on a tricycle. Sarbudin added that a proposal to lay a road on the stretch has been long-pending. “Once the road is constructed, we can make arrangements to have more dustbins in the designated spots,” he said.
Acknowledging the issue, the Greater Chennai Corporation said it was planning to have conservancy workers clearing the garbage even in the evenings.
“We already have animators educating people about ways to dispose of garbage. In market areas like Ranganathan Street, we do impose fine on shops that have garbage accumulated outside, as it can raise health concerns. We want to employ compactors during evenings as well to ensure there is no accumulation in such areas,” said a source from the Corporation.
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