Left with no other option, the residents of K P Kesava Menon Nagar, that has 250 houses, have decided to clear domestic and plastic waste from their compounds themselves. And they had to shell out close to `50,000 from their residents’ association fund for the purpose. Despite constant requests, the Corporation as well as the Kudumbashree turned a blind eye to the piled-up waste next to block number seven and eight of the residential area.
The Kudumbashree workers stopped taking waste from the area recently, leaving the residents in trouble. All they did was collect plastic waste from all the 250 houses and dump it near the almost isolated blocks where four to five families are living. When the stench became unbearable, a health inspector residing in the area took up the responsibility of shifting the plastic waste to the recycling unit at West Hill. The Kudumbashree workers stopped removing plastic waste from the area saying that they were not clean.
The residents also allege that they refused to collect plastic waste even after it was segregated and tied up in separate bags. “We finally struck a deal with a private company that helped us to remove plastic waste,” says Krishna Kumar, executive member of the residents’ association.
The Kudumbashree Project Director had earlier promised to take action if the association members gave a written complaint. However, it is learnt that no action was taken despite submitting complaints. “We spent a total of Rs 51,000 from our association fund to clear the waste. Some waste materials are still lying in the area. Since the Corporation or Kudumbashree was not doing anything, we had to find a solution on our own,“ says Janardhanan,