Erode bus stand in need of attention

ERODE: Overflowing sewage, uncollected garbage, stinking and sickening toilets, broken chairs and dust covered platforms continue to be the hallmarks of Erode bus stand.

Despite the fact that thousands of people visit and hundreds of buses touch it daily, the condition of the bus stand is utterly chaotic, signifying the total apathy of the local authorities in improving the conditions prevailing here.

“The air is always filled with foul smell emanating from the unclean public toilets and uncollected garbage heaps,” say passengers.

The public convenience facilities at the bus stand are stinking. Most of the bus crew and passengers dare not enter these toilets, but prefer to ease themselves in the open, behind some vehicles.

As if the above mentioned problems are not suffice, the septic tank of a pay-and-use toilet started overflowing on Thursday.

From THE HINDU

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Salem: Sewage and slush make life miserable for residents

Sivadapuram Indira Nagar in Salem lacks drainage facilities

SALEM: The standard of living for the residents of Sivadapuram Indira Nagar in Ward 22 here is abominable.

In bad shape:The Sivadapuram Indira Nagar Road in Salem needs immediate attention. Photo: P. Goutham

Slush and sewage waters have rendered the Indira Nagar Road a cesspool, forcing the residents, all poor labourers, to undergo untold sufferings. The road connects important places such as Bodinaickenpatti and Andipatti, which hundreds of vehicles and people use daily.

The colony also lacks drainage facility. This has led to sewers on the road and streets.

Mosquitoes and flies are not uncommon visitors here.

Health hazard

They swarm the entire area causing serious health hazard to all. “Since we are all poor people, the authorities concerned are not showing any interest to provide us the basic amenities,” says a 60-year-old woman.

The worst sufferers are school-going children.

Salem Corporation’s Higher and Elementary schools are functioning in the locality.

“But to reach them is a nightmare,” says a teacher who commutes from the heart of the city.

Many of them abstain from classes during rainy season.

“How do you expect us to go there in knee-deep slush and dirt?” she asks.

The residents insist that the civic body must come to their rescue as early as possible.

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Laying waste

UNPROTECTED:Sewage being dumped into the field - Photo : N. Rajesh

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Salem: Seepage pollutes water in borewells

Blocking of sewers in Vellakuttai channel to carry out desilting works has led to the problem

SALEM: The residents of Babu Nagar and Kurinchikaradu and neighbouring residential localities in Ward 41 are facing a weird problem.

The problem is the seepage of drainage waters from the nearby Vellakuttai channel, which has been brought under the Tirumanimutharu River Rehabilitation Project. Salem Corporation has undertaken desilting and restoration works in Vellakuttai channel.

As the works are under way, the workers have blocked the sewers in the channel, which has led to the seepage into the near-by wells and bore-wells.

Stink

The water in their borewells and wells is stinking with worms and insects.

The residents charge that before the start of the work, Mayor J. Rekha Priyadrashini assured the residents that she would take appropriate steps to check the seepage by building side walls immediately.

“But till today, it is not honoured. The works are going on at snail’s pace,” said a resident here.

Health problems

The residents also pointed out that using the contaminated water has led to a bout of rashes and contagious fever.

Mosquitoes have been ruling the roost, resulting in the people falling sick often.

The areas are inhabited by working class and poor people who have no other go but to toil every day to sustain their livelihood.

On Saturday, the women, to show their protest against the civic body’s apathy, collected water in their pots and emptied the same in the roads and streets.

They also submitted a petition to Collector J. Chandrakumar and sought his intervention in this issue of high priority.

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Chennai: Activists get together to tidy Elliot’s beach

CHENNAI: Many volunteers, including school and college students, women’s self-help groups and environmentalists, under the banner Reclaim our Beaches (ROB) joined hands to clean Elliot’s beach on Tuesday.

Armed with gloves, children from Orur-Olcott Kuppam Middle School, Sishya and KFI enthusiastically began clearing the mountains of trash — plastic bags, water sachets, newspapers, slippers and old clothes. Sources said 20 tonnes of waste were removed.

“We removed at least seven bags of waste, most of it was old clothes,” said A Sheik Mohammed, a class 6 student.
A study by volunteers in December last year revealed that nearly 1,700 pieces of glass and another 18,000 bits of trash, including 8,500 plastic cups, water sachets and disposable spoons and 8,000 pieces of sliver packaging of gutkha, mint and other consumables, littered the beach. This despite the corporation spending Rs 2.4 crore in 2008 for beautification.

The fishing colonies lack basic amenities, including sewage and drainage facilities. The concrete dustbins built years ago have proved to be inadequate. The whole area is filled with trash, most of it non-biodegradable waste.

On Tuesday, volunteers had to remove blocks in the sewage channels that flow from houses to the beach. As the fishing colonies are unapproved, the houses do not have sewer connections. “But that should not be an excuse for Metrowater to not look at alternate solutions,” said environmentalist Nithyanand Jayaraman. The ROB has planned zero waste celebrations and proposed to build a ‘garbage monument’ from the trash collected on January 31.

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Overflowing sewage a perennial problem in Salem city

No proper drainage facilities in many residential colonies

‘Bring in an effective mechanism to carry out sanitary works’

SALEM: Overflowing sewage on roads and streets remains a perennial problem in Salem city, posing health hazard to thousands of people.

A number of residential colonies in the city, which has a population of over nine lakh, do not have proper drainage channels and storm water drains.

Sewage from the households and commercial establishments are let into the streets and roads in these colonies.

The colonies, which have a proper drainage system, are not ensured regular cleaning.

This has resulted in blocks in the channels, which leads to overflow of sewage.

“Several drains in the city continue to overflow as the Salem Corporation has grossly failed to ensure regular cleaning,” people charge.

It is very common to see sewage getting stagnated on the streets and vacant lands.

Mosquito menace

The prolonged stagnation of sewage on the streets in colonies like Chinnapachakadu in Ward 59 has led to the increase of mosquito menace to alarming levels.

The dirty water ponds have become favourite breeding grounds for mosquitoes which spread diseases.

“Young children often play near the stagnated sewage. Many children in our ward have fallen sick with respiratory disorders and are constantly under medication,” a senior citizen in Ward 59 says.

“The civic officials and elected representatives have not bothered to take any serious steps to improve the sanitary condition.

“The Corporation’s Under Ground Drainage (UGD) Project, which would help solve a number of issues related to sanitation, has commenced after a prolonged delay,” residents point out.

The project, which was originally conceived a decade ago, underwent many revisions and the Chief Minister laid the foundation for its implementation a year ago.

But the civic body has commenced the survey work a few weeks ago.

The Corporation had also failed ensure fruitful results after it privatized the sanitary works in 21 wards.

“The Bangalore-based Swatchatha Corporation, which bagged the contract for carrying out sanitary works in 21 wards, could not ensure proper cleaning of drains and removal of garbage,” people complain.

People urged the Corporation to bring in an effective mechanism in order to carry out sanitary works in the city and speed up the implementation of the underground drainage project.

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Chennai: Porur lake in pitiable state

Lakebed contaminated with sewage and garbage from neighbouring localities

CHENNAI: The Porur lake presents a pristine look on the side facing Mount Poonamallee Road. However, the other portions of the water body are abused owing to lack of attention.

Vacant lands adjoining the lake bund on the Porur-Kundrathur High Road have been turned into sewage cesspools and garbage dumps. The lakebed is contaminated with the release of sewage and garbage from neighbouring localities. Stray pigs and cattle often rest on the lakebed.

Awaiting attention: A view of the Porur lake. — Photo: S.S.Kumar

Besides serving as a resource of groundwater recharge for the neighbouring localities, the lake, through its infiltration wells, supplies two million litres a day for parts of the city by the Chennai Metrowater.

A. Narayanan, activist and convener of People Against Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Merchandise, said the waterbody was covered with overgrown vegetation. Trucks from nearby places, including Madanandapuram, Porur and Moulivakkam, released sewage into the lakebed and open spaces adjoining the water body.

As the area lacked a public convenience facility, the lake bund was used as an open toilet. Though the residents who had encroached upon the lake bed were evicted two years ago, action was yet to be taken to protect the water body.

Mr. Narayanan suggested that the area around the lake be fenced to avoid misuse and saplings planted to strengthen the bund.

V. Guna, a resident of Moulivakkam, said the debris that was left behind after the eviction drive had not been removed. Many households and industrial units in areas, including Rajalakshmi Nagar and Bhel Nagar, let out their sewage.

Residents demanded that encroachments along the small canals, including the one at Bharanipudur, linked to the lake, be removed. Small parks with walking tracks could be provided on open spaces.

S. Arunachalam, president of the Porur panchayat, said the local body seized trucks found releasing sewage or dumping garbage into or near the lake. Problems would reduce if the panchayats surrounding the water body were provided garbage dumps for solid waste management.

Officials of the Water Resources Department said the lake, spread over 250 acres, was cleared of aquatic weeds and its bund strengthened at a cost of Rs.3 lakh recently. The department proposed to take up restoration works on the lake, including desilting, fencing around lake bund and widening of canals, under a Central scheme.

A project to widen the 6-km channel carrying excess water from the lake to the Adyar through Manapakkam had been sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

The Rs.19.6-crore project would also have culverts and small bridges constructed following tendering process in a few months.

K. Lakshmi – From THE HINDU