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Published: August 17, 2014 00:00 IST | Updated: August 17, 2014 05:32 IST

Once a scenic spot, now a garbage mound

D. Radhakrishnan

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Garbage heap atop a hill at Ottupatrai near Coonoor.- Photo: Special Arrangement

The ‘Plastic-free’ campaign in the Nilgiris should be made more meaningful.

Speaking to The Hindu, members of the One Earth Foundation regretted that the top of a hill at Ottupatrai near Coonoor has been covered with plastic garbage. The garbage included plastic bags, ice cream cups, wrappers, gutkha packets, broken compact discs and sanitary waste. Pointing out that till a few years ago it was a scenic spot, they said that its present state was a sad commentary on the civic administration and reflected the lackadaisical attitude of local people.

Wondering whether there was an effective garbage disposal system in place in Coonoor, they said that the situation on the garbage front should be reviewed. Steps should be taken to establish efficient, cost effective and scientific solid waste disposal units in every panchayat. Efforts should be made to enhance awareness about garbage segregation across the Nilgiris. There should be a sustained campaign to highlight the consequences of the steadily deteriorating situation. Ways should be evolved to process and dispose dry waste, e-waste, hospital, industrial and other toxic waste. Non-governmental organisations and Citizens Watch Groups should shoulder the responsibility of patrolling roads and forest peripheries during the peak tourist season to keep them clean. Watch Groups should be authorised to impose penalties and fines. Since hotels, guest houses and shops seem to be major polluters, their activities should be monitored.

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