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Chennai ranks fourth on the garbage chart

Chennai has become the fourth largest producer of waste in the country and the corporation officials fear that the figure may rise during monsoons, when garbage piles up with slush, rain-swept refuse and parts of fallen trees. The city’s garbage generation has increased by an astonishing 400 tonnes per day i.e. now the city produces 4900 tonnes of garbage daily, up from 4500 tonnes per day five months ago. Among the largest producers of garbage in the city are Kodambakkam, which is top of the list with 594 tonnes per day, Teynampet (584 tonnes) and Adyar (569 tonnes). The three zones include some of the most upmarket localities in the city. The city has overtaken Kolkata, infamous for its garbage, pushing the capital city to fifth place. Also, officials fear that Chennai may surpass Bangalore, the third largest producer of waste, in a couple of months. Bangalore produces 5,000 tonnes of garbage daily, only 100 tonnes more than Chennai. Corporation officials said the city produces a minimum of 4,789 tonnes of garbage a day, and attribute the rise to seasonal changes in waste output.

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