After citizen complaints, the forest officers follow suit and issue notices to construction sites and warn the erring people about the strict action with the help of BMC. The people in Metro are dumping debris, iron rod, mud, stones, plastic bags to cause a major blockage and that may cause blockage and that leads to flash floods in the low lying areas. Construction of debris swallows green spaces and it is a bad sign for protecting the environment. The waste generated in tones by the construction work is causing major concern. The Civil administration has already issued an appeal to the contractors and the people avoid dumping of waste and prevent major block in the drainage system in SGNP. If this dumping is not stopped, we fear that this area will become clogged and overflowing rivulets during incessant rains and water logging in the low lying areas. The preparation already made is not enough and drastic measures will have to be taken before the onset of monsoon. It is time to go all out and see all the arrangements are strictly made in accordance with guidelines to avoid July 2005 situation once again. HT impact has worked for noble cause and a stern warning for offenders.
Chitra Rugmini Krishnan
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