Clean up Kovai (Coimbatore)

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Hi fellow citizens of beautiful India,

The "Manchester of South India" is in need of a voice to be 100% clean.

Is THIS the city with the respect which is upheld by its residents?

Today, there is nobody in Coimbatore who is unaffected by garbage. From the stink of uncleared waste dumps to the obnoxious fumes from burning plastic to the infectious possibilities of medical waste and the cesspools of wet garbage from Vellalore. This dumping yard from the neighborhood has been causing health hazards after inhaling the foul smell and smoke that emanates from the dumping yard round the clock.

Despite receiving warnings and directions from the court, the corporation is apathetic. The private company that has taken the contract sets fire to the garbage in the dump yard without segregating the garbage. A few weeks ago, a huge fire spread across the dump yard, allegedly triggered by the contractor's negligence. It took five days to bring the fire under control after media reports highlighted the issue.

About 1000 tonnes of garbage collected from city mixed with hotel waste, bio-medical and industrial waste are being dumped at Vellalore dump yard daily. Children and senior citizens residing around Vellalore, Eshwar Nagar, Arul Murugan Nagar, Podanur, Konavaikalpalayam, LG Nagar, Sri Ram Nagar and RAF quarters are affected and frequently fall sick.

Cradled in the laps of Mother Noyyal, rose the city of Coimbatore. Being originated in the Vellingiri Hills of Coimbatore, Noyyal spends her childhood and youth in Coimbatore. Of her 160 km long life, she spreads her hands through Coimbatore, Karur, Erode and Tirupur.

About 20000 acres of agricultural lands were directly irrigated through the canal and system tanks of River Noyyal.

The UNDP studies in 1980s, declared Coimbatore drought-prone, with the fastest depletion of ground water level in the whole world.

This river of Tamil Nadu had become a sewage canal. Dried up river beds cause the elephants to roam out of their calm ways and into the human inhabited areas in search of aqua.

Apart from man-made pollution, Valankulam and several other tanks in the city are facing menace in the form of a floating aquatic plant, water hyacinth.

As the weed spreads fast in water covered areas of tanks, removal of the plant has become a routine exercise.

Today, there are solid examples of cities which have beaten the cleanliness problem. With the collective action of just a fraction of its citizens, there are towns, cities which have said “Yes, we can!”

Several cities showcase determination that has led to effective waste management. What does it take? Strict administration and with each and every concerned citizen's right action count.

Be it the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, where citizens are doing a cleanup act themselves, or mapping garbage spots using the phone App, or signing this petition and un-inhibitedly forwarding to all contacts, people are making a difference. You too can make  difference. What can you do? First, sign the petition. Then get all at home to do the same. Finally, share the petition.

This petition along with your comments and suggestions is delivered instantly to our metropolitan city's authorities requesting them to urgently take required actions, make the city representatives and state representatives accountable for delivering results. Let us all  join forces, be optimistic and strive for removing this blot on civilization. Let's save our beautiful city.... Namma Kovai Nagaram, Namma ooru, namma nadu. CHANGE IS POSSIBLE.



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