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Trichy Corporation has started acting tough against residents who fail to segregate waste at the source before handing it over to the waste collectors. The corporation has collected around Rs 47,445 as penalty from residents and commercial establishments that failed to segregate biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste in the past one month. Meanwhile, the residents alleged that little has been done against those who fail to hand over waste to the sanitary workers and turn vacant plots into mini-dump yards.

Since May 2017, the civic body has been asking residents to segregate waste at the source before handing it over to sanitary workers. Despite many awareness drives, a section of the residents have been failing to segregate waste. As a result, the sanitary officials conducted a massive penalisation drive in October collecting Rs 47,445 as penalty. A major part of the money was collected from Ariyamangalam and K Abishekapuram zones. Even after the penalisation, many of the vacant plots continue to be mini dump yards, the residents said. A minor delay in door-to-door waste collection may result in residents and commercial establishments dumping waste in unfenced vacant plots. "Though it is the responsibility of the landowners to maintain their unutilised plots clean, the civic body should sensitise the residents to refrain from dumping waste in nearby vacant plots. The landowners can be identified if they were paying vacant plot tax to the civic body," H Ghouse Baig, secretary of Consumer Protection Council, Ponmalai branch, said.

However, Trichy corporation sources said that the contact information of vacant plot owners is being obtained through the residents’ welfare associations.


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