“They come in three-wheelers with tanks attached to it during wee hours. These tanks contain 500 litres of septic waste which they dump in the empty spaces near our houses. Earlier, the practice was occasional but now it has become a routine affair,” say the residents of Karukutti.
For the past five months, they have been facing the issue. “The might have taken a contract. They dump it callously making us suffer,” said Varghese Karukutti, a native. Though the residents have tried their best to nail those responsible for the act, nothing could be done.
The septic waste is also being dumped at a drain near the NH Highway. “It is usually dry now. But, during rainy season, dumping toilet waste clogs the drain and pollutes the entire area,” he said. The residents along with the St Xavier’s Church have come forward protesting against this.
“I had approached the Karukutti grama panchayat officials against this. We have threatened action,” he said. Shaju Thekekkara, vice-president, Karukutti Grama Panchayat said the panchayat has taken necessary actions when the issue was brought to notice.
“The septic waste is being dumped at a vacant space of a private property. We have put up a board asking not to dump waste there. However, there is not positive response. Besides. we have also issued a notice to the owner of the land citing the situation and asking them to take steps to curb waste disposal by outsiders. We are doing our level best,” he said.