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Businesses Amongst Those Dumping Waste At Illegal Site, Claims Lakena Resident

Mounds of rubbish ranging from white goods to kitchen and diaper waste is evident with the visibility of flies and maggots.
11 Jun 2020 13:22
Businesses Amongst Those Dumping Waste At Illegal Site, Claims Lakena Resident
Lakena resident Anup Chandra, 58, on June 10, 2020, is not happy that people continue to dump their rubbish along the Lakena, Waituri Road junction. Photo: Ronald Kumar

It’s a shocking sight, but among contributors to this illegal dumping ground in Lakena, Waituri, are business houses.

Minister for Environment and Waterways Mahendra Reddy confirmed that they had received reports of complaints about the stench and eyesore and would deal with the supposed perpetrators accordingly.

Mounds of rubbish ranging from white goods to kitchen and diaper waste is evident with the visibility of flies and maggots.

Mr Reddy said: “It threatens our environment and places at risk the lives of communities.

“We will deal with them soon,” he said.

Longtime resident, 58-year-old Anup Chandra said attempts to stop people from dumping rubbish in the area had resulted in alleged attacks at him and his family.

Mr Chandra said a number of businesses were seen dumping off their waste at the site.

“No one in this area throws rubbish here,” Mr Chandra said.

“People come in their vehicles from everywhere to dump their rubbish here. When I try to stop people from doing it, they threaten me and sometimes I get stones thrown at me.”

This, he said, had led him to stay away from confronting people who showed up in the area with their garbage to dump.

“Children walk up and down this area. Close to 40 families live here and this is unhealthy for us as a community,” he said.

“The waste is hazardous and it’s a complete eyesore, we are worried about the children who live in our homes as the foul stench could really affect their health.”

Nausori Town Council Special Administrator Uma Patel said the area was part of the Nausori extended boundary and the council did not collect rubbish from the area.

“Recently we cleaned and picked the rubbish from the area but within a week it’s piled up again,” Mr Chandra said.

“This is one of the illegal dumping sites at Waituri Irrigation Road where we have noted that people continue to dump rubbish.

“Our concern is that it is a man-made illegal dump. Waterborne diseases like leptospirosis, typhoid, dysentery, and dengue are likely to follow. Stray dogs feed on this and make it worse.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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