A growing pile of garbage has been an eyesore and a health hazard in the area. Morning walkers, casual strollers and residents have all been subject to the garbage menace that has gone unaddressed by the authorities. Right next to a blooming bougainville sits days of waste that has been carelessly discarded in the area.
“This is the route I take every morning on my walk and I have seen this pile of waste growing. It is a huge inconvenience for those who use this road. The smell is really foul and there are strays who also gather here as a result. It becomes unsafe for people to pass by. I hope the authorities are alerted to it and it is cleaned up. This is one of the few roads where I can walk in peace,” said Somasundaram, a resident of the area.
The garbage is comprised of a mix of household waste and construction debris. Bags of what looks like cement and blocks of concrete and few TNT wires can be seen in the growing pile. Irresponsible handling of construction waste is a key problem in waste management in the city.
There is also the issue of a growing dengue epidemic in the city. Mounds of garbage pose significant health hazards as they turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes. It also causes stagnation of water around the garbage, turning the entire stretch unsanitary.
The Executive Engineer for the area said, “Since the footpath work is going on, the debris from that work is being hoarded there. We are doing this for the benefit of the walkers of the area. Once the work is completed, the debris will be cleared completely.”
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