Plastic, waste from fruits and vegetables, poultry and fish- everything being burnt on in the evenings- this is a common site at the Aluva Wholesale Vegetable market. As you enter this huge market, wholesalers selling vegetables and other items, it may seem like everyday business, but, if one walks right to the back of this market heaps of plastic and other waste can be seen lying rotting at the banks of river Periyar.
The garbage is carelessly tossed to the back by the vendors and at times burnt along with discarded plastic causing significant air pollution. The garbage itself, when left untouched for days together, creates an unbearable stench that bother the residents around the area.
The river town, despite priding itself on being the starting point for the metro station towards Ernakulam, it carries the shame and stink of garbage along the NH bypass, under the flyover and on banks of its beloved river. There’s waste piling up merely meters away from the first station of the metro rail system. The authorities are being accused of turning a blind eye towards the problem. The vendors, shoppers and the passers-by see the roads along the bypass stretch as the safest places to dump waste. The drains too, have been piling up with waste. The decaying waste in plastic bags poses a threat to citizens residing in the radius of the area.