As per the data compiled by the Greater Chennai Corporation, the amount of solid waste generated in the city usually has reduced from over 5,000 tonnes to under 3,700 tonnes which translates to nearly 28 percent drop. Although, the 21-day lockdown is proving to be a hard time packed with restrictions for citizens, it has also relieved Chennaiites from solid waste issues.
According to a GCC official, “We are collecting municipal solid waste in all the 200 wards on a daily basis. All conservancy workers are at work. But the garbage has reduced.”
One of the reasons cited for the reduction in the garbage is that many residents have left the city for their native villages, hence, many houses remain locked. This has reduced the waste collected during the door-to-door collection. Also, due to lockdown, many commercial establishments are not operating and the amount of waste generated from such establishments has reduced significantly. “The waste generated in commercial areas such as T. Nagar, Purasawalkam and George Town has reduced considerably,” said an official from the Corporation.
As per the data, the civic body has only sent 1,600 tonnes of garbage to Kodungaiyur dump yard and 2,100 tonnes of garbage to Perungudi dump yard on Monday, March 31.