Ambattur Industrial Estate Road reeling under garbage menace

Chennai: Despite garbage woes hitting the news columns often, residents have to constantly battle with the problem.

Mounds of waste waiting for clearance on Seethakadhi Street and Ambattur Industrial Estate Road in Mugappair, Chennai, has become a cause of concern for people there.

“Both conservancy workers and the general public are to be blamed for the issue. Problems pertaining to collection and disposal of garbage seem to be worsening,” a resident Sekar said.

“The stench that emanates from the trash cans, accompanied by swarms of flies, greets every road user,” he added.
“With their noses covered with handkerchiefs, scores of people, including office-goers and school children, navigate to their destinations on the edge of the dump precariously,” another resident Gowtham Krishnan said.

“Some of the households typically empty the contents of rubbish bins into overflowing dumps without segregating the waste,” a senior citizen Susila lamented. In addition to that, the passersby throw disposable cups, cigarette butts and plastic packets. The indiscriminate dumping of garbage poses a serious health hazard to the locality, she added.

The heat of the sun, it is going to be hell of another kind. Blowing hot winds will carry the stench to our balconies and suffocate us, an environment activist Rajesh said. It is alleged that the civic body has been moving garbage bins from inner streets and trying to add more cans on wide roads.

S Solomon Raj