With 30-40 households already turning to the process to reduce the quantity of garbage produced in the locality, the association has been pushing aggressively for all households to switch to composting.
P Dharmaraja, president of the residents welfare association, Lakshmi Nagar Veettu Urimaiyalargal Nala Sangam, said that they have been actively campaigning for composting and that orders have been placed for 30 more composting bins.
“We are also urging the residents to go plastic free, but that will take a while for us to implement,” he said. Pointing to the delay in garbage removal, Dharmaraja said that they have taken the efforts to reduce the generation of trash in the locality.
“We call up the zonal office every other day to ask the officials to send conservancy workers to remove the garbage. They say they are helpless because they don’t have enough staff. This is a big area and there are a number of empty plots that have become a repository for trash, most often for people who pass through the area,” he added.
With three main roads and 14 streets in the locality, there are over 450 households coming under the association, which became more active after the 2015 floods. In fact, the residents have pooled in the money to clean the sites – some of them with overgrown plants and shrubs. The association has been proactive in ensuring safety in the area by installing CCTV cameras.
“The cameras have helped us track those who have been dumping wastes from butcher shops nearby,” he said. Among the heaps of garbage are used insulin syringe, apart from regular items comprising household garbage. Jageer Ali, vice-president of the association, added that the locality has been battling several issues.
“The Metro Water pipes have been hijacked by private telecom service providers. They have contaminated the water supply,” he alleged. The area’s long list of woes also includes stray dog menace and TASMAC shops.
Jageer added, “The women in the area cannot pass by the shops late in the evening. Such is the crowd and the ruckus created by the men assembling there.
Moreover, though the Corporation is prompt in responding to our calls concerning the dogs, they sometimes leave the animals from other localities here after sterilising or vaccinating them.”
An official from the City Corporation’s Zone 11 acknowledged the trouble of piling garbage due to vacant lands.
“However, we have been responding to all the requests. We are also tracking the butcher shops that dump the wastes in the area and have sought the residents’ help to identify and close down the shops,” he said.