Dharamveer, a resident of Royapettah who commutes through the area to reach work, said, “This is not the only street in the area with the same problem. We have many such streets in Royapettah and across the city. The non-clearance of garbage is a menace, as it takes up a considerable portion of the street. The public have to carefully navigate through the mess to ensure that they don’t skid and fall due to the sticky material that runs through the heap of garbage.”
He attributed the problem to wood shops nearby, and the apathy of residents who fling garbage on the streets. “There are so many polythene bags containing household waste. You will even find them next to bins,” he added. However, a senior official from Zone 9 of the Greater Chennai Corporation said that the size of the street does not deter the collection procedure.
“We have tricycles covering such areas and these have been specifically deployed as substitute for compactor vehicles,” he said. The official added that the garbage was being collected in the morning.
“However on the main roads and the beach area, the garbage collection process is carried out twice – in the morning and evening,” he added. Another source added that the residents should cooperate to ensure that the area is cleaned.
“We have been telling the residents not to dump, but the problem also lies with the domestic workers who clean the houses and throw the garbage indiscriminately,” said the source. Another senior official pointed out that garbage collection in narrower streets has been a problem. “We need to take efforts; at the moment the focus is on commercial areas. We will find a solution for the problem in residential areas.”