TRICHY: Poor maintenance of vacant plots amid residential settlements in the city of Trichy is becoming a headache for local residents. Apart from the weeds and thickets that turn them into a den of insects and reptiles, people have started raising pigs on these plots, which is prohibited in the city. Most property owners leave their property unused for price appreciation. Thus, the residents’ welfare associations urged the Trichy society to put up possession notice boards in front of these poorly maintained vacant lots to encourage the landowners to take action.
The problem is severe in developing localities with large vacant land plots such as Vayalur Road, Pirattiyur, Lingam Nagar, Karumandapam and KK Nagar. Residents felt the situation had worsened after the Covid-19 pandemic as landowners stopped visiting their plots located in the middle of a significant number of homes. On the road to Vayalur, locals are threatened by reptiles due to overgrown thickets. “We are unable to keep our windows open at night, even to overcome the sweltering weather. We fear insect bites,” said Renga Nagar resident S Vidya. Weeds grown over six feet also pose security risks, as empty liquor bottles are often seen on the plots indicating the presence of anti-social elements. In Lingam Nagar, on Kuzhumani Road, residents’ welfare associations complained that the vacant space was being misused for raising pigs.
Trichy company officials said they did not have contact details for these plot owners, although the civic body levies a tax on vacant land. Two years ago, the civic body placed possession warning signs in front of poorly maintained plots insisting that property owners clean up their property or warn of the property being repossessed by the civic body. People have sought to resume such measures. “We need the cooperation of residents of vacant poorly maintained plots to obtain contact details for plot owners,” an official said.