Petition seeks ban on garbage dumping at Maruthamalai foothills
January 12, 2022
A non-governmental organisation on Tuesday petitioned Electricity Minister
V. Senthil Balaji, Coimbatore District Collector and District Forest
Officer of Coimbatore Forest Division seeking immediate ban on dumping of
garbage by Somaiyampalayam panchayat at Maruthamalai foothills.
The NGO, Aaniver Organisation, also wanted authorities to shift the waste
dumped at the foothills to another designated dump yard or waste management
R. Santhakumar, founder of the organisation, said that the place where
garbage is dumped by the panchayat is situated close to the forest boundary
and many animals including elephants use it as a transit path.
“Due to waste materials including food waste dumped at the place, many
animals including wild boar and deer are frequenting the place for easy
food. The incident wherein plastic covers and other waste materials such as
sanitary napkin and mask found in the dung of a wild elephant from the area
on Sunday has highlighted the gravity of the issue,” he said.
According to Mr. Santhakumar, the location close to Pothigai Residency is
not a designated dump yard. But Somaiyampalayam panchayat has been dumping
garbage on the vacant land for over two years, he alleged.
Somaiyampalayam panchayat president K.P. Rangaraj said that the local body
has stopped dumping of garbage at the place.
“A new waste treatment facility of the local body near Vadavalli police
station has started functioning. The panchayat will also make efforts to
clear the garbage dumped at the foothills,” he said.
Forest Department Team Removes 200 kg Plastic Waste
Around 25 staff from the Forest Department led by District Forest Officer
T.K. Ashok Kumar removed 200 kg of plastic waste from the two km road from
the foothills to the Maruthamalai temple on Tuesday. Some residents from
the locality and conservancy workers from the local body also took part.
The staff visited shops at the foothills and created awareness on safe and
proper disposal of waste. The Department discussed with the temple
administration about the threat posed by littering of plastic waste in the
locality and appealed to the shop keepers to not use polythene carry bags.