Maradu Municipal chairperson gheraoed after locals complain of unbearable dust

There is 75,000 tons of debris waiting to be removed due to the demolition drive.

Dust engulfed the surrounding area in Maradu after demolition Photo- Shambu VS

Maradu: The locals residing near Holy Faith H2O apartments, which was demolished the other day, gheraoed the Maradu Municipal Chairperson on Monday morning alleging the area is uninhabitable due to the dust pollution. Residents also claim that the electricity and water to their houses have not been restored yet after it was cut on Saturday owing to the demolition drive.

The residents were informed by various authorities, including the District Collector, that the dust pollution would be brought under control by spraying water in the area soon after the demolition. However it was not done so far. The Muncipal chairperson admitted that no such action has been taken so far and told the protesters that it was the responsibility of the agencies concerned with the demolition to spray water in the area and reduce the pollution.

75,000 tons of debris is waiting to be removed due to the demolition drive, which would take a minimum of two months. Unless the debris is removed completely from the area, there will not be any respite to the locals from the dust pollution. In that case, water will have to be sprayed in the area on a daily basis to reduce the pollution level.

The chairperson assured the protesters that the Muncipality will take responsibility if there is a lapse in controlling the dust in the area and that she does not know why such a mistake had taken place.

The residents claim that large quantities of dust have settled down even on the leaves of the trees in the area. This dust gets into their houses due to strong wind causing great distress. The lack of availability of water and electricity only adds to their problems.

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