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Volunteers remove waste from Thadagam Road

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The Hindu        06.02.2017 

Volunteers remove waste from Thadagam Road

Volunteers cleaning Thadagam Road, near Gandhi Park, on Sunday as part of Coimbatore Vizha.- Photo: S. SIVA SARAVANANS_ SIVA SARAVANAN  

As part of the Coimbatore Vizha events, nature enthusiasts and concerned citizens cleaned the Thadagam Road on Sunday. According to Manoj Krishnakumar, one of the organisers, more than 1,000 people participated in the cleanliness drive that started at Gandhi Park and ended at Anaikatti.

The volunteers picked up plastic and other waste between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. and the total waste collected was over 30 tonnes.

The organisers had divided the 30-km stretch of the road into 50 segments for volunteers to work. The volunteers assembled at the Government College of Technology on Thadagam Road and from there the organisers took them to the segments concerned.

A few education institutions had lent their buses to support the cause. A few volunteers reached the segments assigned to them in their vehicles.

They then went about collecting the waste. Coimbatore Corporation had also supported the cause by sending its conservancy workers and deploying vehicles to transport the waste.

The organisers had also engaged an earth mover to clear waste in those pockets that was difficult for people to work.

Mr. Krishnakumar said that the volunteers worked hard in the five hours to collect over 30 tonnes waste under the programme called Tsuname Sweep. The Coimbatore Chapter of Young Indians, Builders Association of India, CREDAI and a few Round Table organisations and others had supported the cause.

 

Segregate waste, residents told

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The Hindu       27.01.2017  

Segregate waste, residents told

Corporation Commissioner K. Rajamani inaugurating the new garbage collecting system in Thoothukudi on Thursday.— Photo : N. Rajesh  

Vehicle meant for collection of garbage flagged off

The corporation has stepped up its efforts to segregate waste generated from households.

More stress was given to segregation of waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable, Commissioner and Special Officer, K. Rajamani said here on Thursday after flagging off a garbage disposal vehicle meant for collection of garbage.

He said the initiative should come from each and every resident to ensure that waste was segregated and dumped in vehicles, which would be taken to localities of the corporation.

Apart from educating the residents in a door-to-door exercise, announcement about this system of garbage collection and its importance were being made through public address system.

The field staff were involved distributing pamphlets with a list of biodegradable and non biodegradable waste to residents.

Bryant Nagar, in 43rd ward in the west zone of corporation, has been considered as a model ward of this system, the Commissioner said.

Biodegradable waste could be converted into manure through an effective compost method.

Hygiene is more important to ward off any disease so that residents were asked to maintain cleanliness in their dwellings.

City Health Officer Pradeep V. Krishnakumar and Sanitary Officer, V. Hari Ganesh were present.

 

Namma Toilet puts students’ health at risk in Pazhayapettai

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The Hindu     24.08.2016  

Namma Toilet puts students’ health at risk in Pazhayapettai

Unhygienic:Open drain of Namma Toilet carrying human excreta abutting the wall of the noon-meal kitchen of Municipality Government Middle School in Pazhayapettai, Krishnagiri.- Photo: N. Bashkaran

Clumps of human excreta float along the open drain abutting the Municipality run Government Girls Middle School in Pazhayapettai. Above the drain afloat with excreta, overlooks the vent of the noon meal kitchen of the school.

The Namma Toilet of Krishnagiri Municipality is letting out human excreta into the public drain as it is not connected to a septic tank.

For the students of the Municipality Government Girls Middle School in Pazhayapettai, it is a daily ordeal to keep their sights away from the drain that they have to cross for entry into the school. The noon-meal kitchen, which abuts the drain, throws serious concerns of health safety protocols.

Here, the Municipality has not provisioned for septic tanks for Namma Toilets, says Gora, a local auto-driver, who parks his vehicle in the vicinity of the toilet. “The teachers and the staff of the school are tight-lipped because it is a municipality school, and they cannot speak up.”

The plight of Namma Toilet of Krishnagiri has breached the boundaries of mere concerns over sanitation and seems to have crossed over to real concerns of human rights violation.

The Prohibition of Employment of Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, forbids both engagement of manual scavengers and discharge of excreta into public drains.

According to the Act, the local body shall demolish such toilets of individuals. The Act also provides for a fine of Rs.50,000 and one year imprisonment of the first time offender; and Rs.1 lakh fine and two year imprisonment for second time offence. The Act assumes that the violators will be individuals. However, here the local body is the violator.

Invariably, the drain will pollute other storm water drains too, says another person not wanting to be named. It might result in manual scavengers cleaning up these drains at some point.

On the other hand, Namma Toilet on Salem road near the roundabout has remained locked for over months.

“This toilet has remained shut for more than a year,” says a local shop-keeper. While the local body is going around slapping fine for water stagnation in household compounds as part of its anti-dengue drive, the Namma Toilet in Pazhayapettai, barely a couple of 100- meters from the Municipality is posing a health risks.

Speaking to The Hindu , Municipal Commissioner Kannan, said there was a design flaw in Namma Toilets. They were conceived as urinals, and there was no design for defecation.

UGD line

“It was anticipated only as a urinal and it became a failure. However, there is a new proposal to link all government buildings, schools, Municipal buildings, including toilets to the UGD line. Once that is implemented, there is no need for septic tank,” he said.

 


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