Students complain of Garbage Dumping near College

Students complain of Garbage Dumping near College

Students of an Engineering College in Kovaipudur are gearing up to nip in the bud the problem of reckless dumping of garbage on way to their institution.

Student representatives of the Global Warming Club of the V.L.B. Janakiammal College of Engineering want the dumping of garbage near Arivoli Nagar and its being set ablaze stopped immediately.

Plastic bags

Club members P. Charles Sunny and R. Kalingaraj say plastic bags fly around the open spaces and 4,000 students in the college are affected by the burning of garbage at the open site that is half-a-km from the institution.

Smoke

Strong winds carry both the bags and the smoke into the college, the say.

There are no garbage bins in that area and cleaning could be done only with the intervention of the local councillor, they complain.

Arivoli Nagar is nearly two km from the main Kovaipudur area that comes under the Kuniamuthur municipality.

The municipality is among the local bodies struggling to finds ways for safe and scientific disposal of municipal solid waste.

It is one of the local bodies being considered for merger with the Coimbatore Corporation.

The students allege that waste is being brought from outside Kovaipudur and dumped at this vast open space at Arivoli Nagar.

Appeal

They plan to meet the authorities of the municipality to appeal for measures to end the dumping of garbage near their college.

“Our college starts at 8.45 a.m. and goes on till 5 p.m. The garbage is set fire to sometime in the morning. For most part of the day, smoke from the dump enters the campus and troubles us,” says club member S.Surya.

Every day, a lorry load of garbage is brought to this spot that is about 500 feet from the college and set fire to by the workers who bring it, she says.

The students have not been able to tell the workers to stop this practice and are desperately looking for a solution from the municipality.

Permanent solution

“We have been enduring this problem for the last six months and we hope to have a permanent solution,” says Mr. Charles. Ms. Surya says: “We students are taking up this issue because we have to protect the environment.”