National reports

On February 3rd, 2014, a fire was reported at Perungudi dump yard. The week began on an unpleasant note for residents of Thoraipakkam and Velachery as they woke up to the smell of burning garbage at Perungudi dump yard on Monday.

With the wind carrying the smoke towards Pallikaranai and Velachery, motorists driving along Thoraipakkam Radial Road had to bear with thick smoke in the morning. Fire in the dumping yard is a regular occurrence in the area and complaints of air pollution, breathing difficulty and irritation of eyes are common, a resident said.

Meanwhile, activists are worried about the birds on the Pallikaranai marsh. Jayshree Vencatesan of CareEarth, a Chennai-based biodiversity research organisation, said that there were a total of 133 species of birds in the wetland and there was no research on the impact of the smoke and garbage on the wetland’s birds.

Some of the News extracts about dump yard in Chennai:

  1. The Hindu: Syringes, needles poke their way into Kodungaiyur dumping yard
  2. Deccan Chronicle: Dumpyard emissions anger Kodungaiyur
  3. IBN Live: Fire at Kodungaiyur dumpyard raises stink
  4. The Hindu: Tipping point for trash in Chennai
  5. The Hindu: In Kodungaiyur, garbage burning resumes
  6. The New Indian Express: Air around Kodungaiyur dump hazardous: Study
  7. The New Indian Express: Relocate dumping yard from Kodungaiyur: MLA
  8. The Hindu: Kodungaiyur dumping yard to get bigger
  9. Times of India: Board tested dump yard air for toxins just three times since 2011
  10. Deccan Chronicle: Garbage points to rising consumption
  11. The Hindu: Garbage fires plague Kodungaiyur

Some of the plans by the Govt. still on paper:

  1. Times of India: Chennai: Kondungaiyur, Pallikaranai dump yards closure to take two more years
  2. The Hindu : Scientific handling of wastes soon
  3. Times of India: Power up: Graveyards to get biogas plants
  4. Times of India: Corporation shortlists 11 firms to set up waste mgmt plants

(link from https://www.change.org/p/close-chennai-dumpyards)