Garbage proposal raises stink

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The recent idea put forward by Chennai Mayor Mr Saidai Duraisamy to streamline garbage collection across the city by constructing transit stations at every ward has given rise to new problems.

The ward-level garbage collection points are coming up near temples, markets, schools and residential areas, thus affecting sanitation and adding to the stink, complain the public.

According to Ripon Building sources, the garbage is supposed to be covered and not scattered. Rag pickers, dogs and cattle cannot enter the covered bins. However, the grouping of bins gives rise to nauseating stench.

The Corporation has plans to implement these structures at as many as 1,200 locations within its limits. Work is underway at 400 locations and almost 100 shelters have started functioning, creating unrest among the public.

“The project, a brain child of the Chennai mayor, was logically correct. But it has spread chaos as the field engineers do not consult the public while erecting the structures.

There is a deadline to establish these new structures and hence the work is progressing full throttle”, said Mr Govindan, who maintains the Anjaneya Temple near Choolai Market.

Despite devotees and residents objecting, local Corporation staff went ahead and installed a garbage transfer station adjoining the temple compound wall, he complained.

“It is common sense that when many bins are placed in one place, the stench will be unbearable but the Corporation fails to understand our problem,” said Mr V. Kasinathan, a resident of Vadamalaipillai street near Kosapet where a bin shed has come up.

When contacted, a senior Corporation official said that the complaints would be looked into and if required these structures would be relocated.

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