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Have you walked around your city lately, and observed the collapsed Electricity Board wires and mounds of garbage near various government departments? Or the remnants from so called developmental work undertaken by the state or the various parastatal agencies?
Even as we talk about waste and what can be done to manage household/industrial waste more effectively, piles of unattended debris and confiscated vehicles dumped by various government departments stand as testimony to the inaction by the Tamil Nadu Government. While the Chennai Corporation is frequently under fire for being unable to check dumping of unprocessed waste near water bodies or on the roadside, it is unfortunate that the negligence of state departments themselves often escapes the scanner.
Here’s what a few of us found during a random check in certain neighbourhoods. It highlights the need for a comprehensive law to monitor such institutional garbage and also clear guidelines on how citizens can raise complaints about such unclaimed waste lying around, making it difficult to navigate these stretches.
Have you witnessed similar sights in your neighbourhood, of junk that should have been cleared by government departments or agencies but have just been left there for weeks or months? Have you tried to raise complaints with the respective authorities and received any response?
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