COIMBATORE: Ward 41 of Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC), which covers a major part of Maniyakarampalayam, resembles a mini dump yard, thanks to poor sanitation.
Though the number of commercial establishments in the ward is limited, it is surrounded by industries. The population too, is comparatively lesser than that of its adjacent wards. Even so, almost all the garbage bins in the ward are either broken or rusted, letting waste spill all over the streets.
“Every single bin in the locality is useless. There is no difference in dumping the waste in the bins or on the roadside,” rued a resident of the ward.
Heaps of solid waste spilled from the containers are common sight on Bharathiar Road, Rabindranath Tagore Road, Thiruvengadam Nagar, Sankaralinganar Road etc.
The residents complained that the sanitary workers visit their houses only once in two or three days to collect domestic waste. The Corporation trucks also empty the bins only once a week or sometimes longer than that.
While garbage disposal is a major concern in the ward, blocked drains is another misery the residents have to endure. Wastes, bushes and mud block the flow.
The residents claimed that it has been several months since fumigation has been carried out in the ward. “Stagnation of drains is a big problem for us as were are already suffering from health complications. Things will only worsen when the monsoon starts,” lamented a resident of Moogambikai nagar.
Many small streets in Poosaripalayam, Maniyakaramnpalayam are completely muddy and gets worse during rainy season as rainwater inundates low-lying areas.
Drinking water supply too is erratic, claim the residents, with the supply being once in eights or 10 days.
When Express contacted ward 41 councillor C Natarajan, he replied that he was busy with the local body elections in Kerala, where his party AIADMK has fielded nine nominees. He was not available for comments later even after repeated attempts.