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Puducherry municipality to restrict dumping of garbage

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The Hindu     19.02.2015 

Puducherry municipality to restrict dumping of garbage

Asks residents to hand it over to conservancy workers who visit the area

in heaps:Garbage being dumped on the entrance of the Foot Over Bridge near the Puducherry bus stand.— Photo: S.S. Kumar
in heaps:Garbage being dumped on the entrance of the Foot Over Bridge near the Puducherry bus stand.— Photo: S.S. Kumar

The Puducherry Municipality has asked the residents to avoid throwing or dumping the garbage on streets recklessly.

He advised them to hand over the garbage to the conservancy workers who visit their area every day.

The municipal authorities have found it difficult to control the residents from throwing and dumping garbage on the streets especially after the daily conservancy works are completed.

In Puducherry Municipality, conservancy workers clear garbage piled dustbins in 42 wards twice a day. But still, some residents continue to throw the garbage on roads after the visit of conservancy workers in their respective area.

Municipality, Commissioner R. Chandrasekaran told The Hindu , “We are clearing the garbage from the streets twice a day in 42 wards and disposing the collected garbage at the dumping yard in Kurumbapet. After the conservancy workers complete their jobs, residents, tend to throw the garbage on the streets wherever they wish. The garbage thus causes pollution and health hazards .”

The commissioner said apart from personally monitoring the situation, there are sanitary supervisors to keep a watch on the street hygiene every day.

The officials said that the conservancy workers visit Nehru Street at 8.a.m and 9.30 a.m. Most of shops and commercial establishment open after that and throw garbage on the road caring little for the environment.

In other areas, the residents who live in apartments just throw down the garbage from whichever floor they are in.

The municipal commissioner advised the residents to keep the garbage inside their premises until the conservancy workers took it away.

 

Mosquito threat persists, yet no entomologists

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The Hindu       19.02.2015  

Mosquito threat persists, yet no entomologists

Two entomologists deputed to Corporation temporarily

Siddha concoction ‘Nilavembu Kashayam’ being distributed to the public at RTO office, Madurai Central, on Wednesday.— Photo: S. James
Siddha concoction ‘Nilavembu Kashayam’ being distributed to the public at RTO office, Madurai Central, on Wednesday.— Photo: S. James

Madurai Corporation seems to be sitting on a huge risk in the absence of a permanent entomology wing at a time when dengue fever is posing a severe challenge to public health authorities.

Even though the city’s population is over 15 lakh and the number of wards has gone up to 100, there is not a single entomologist on its rolls.

As a temporary measure, two entomologists have been deputed to the corporation to assist in scientific study of mosquito density at various locations and recommend mosquito control measures to prevent disease outbreak.

R. Varadharajan, an assistant lecturer in medical entomology at Madurai Medical College, who is on deputation to the corporation, said a separate entomological team was urgently needed to continuously monitor mosquito density. Stating that a permanent team would augur well for the city, he, however, claimed that mosquito control activity was in no way hampered as the health wing was managing well with available manpower and infrastructure.

Corporation sources told The Hindu on Wednesday that a proposal to get government sanction for the posts of entomologists was yet to be forwarded to Chennai.

“The file is still lying in our establishment section. We require one senior entomologist, four junior entomologists and 16 field assistants. When such a specialised wing is available in Chennai corporation, why not in Madurai,” a senior official said. Right now, the Madurai Corporation gets entomologists from other districts on deputation whenever there is a fever outbreak-like situation. An official confided that the rural areas were well equipped to fight mosquito-borne diseases than the corporation since the Directorate of Public Health had specialised manpower to tackle outbreaks in rural pockets.

S. Senthilkumar, Deputy Director of Health Services, said entomologists were crucial for any local body because they were technically equipped to analyse and prevent vector-borne diseases.

 

Waste dumping: rights panel issues notices

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The Hindu        21.01.2015   

Waste dumping: rights panel issues notices

State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) chairman J.B. Koshy has issued show cause notices to the Secretary, Kottayam Municipality, Kottayam District Collector, district medical officer and the State Pollution Control Board against the dumping of municipal waste in the heart of the town.

The notices were issued on a case filed by former Mahatma Gandhi University assistant registrar Mary Korah and retired BSNL administrative officer Elizabeth Korah, both senior citizens.

As per the complaint filed with SHRC, CFL lamps, waste from abattoirs, flats, and marriage halls were being dumped on the busy roadside in front of the residence of the complainants.

The respondents would have to file their responses by February 10.

 


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