Like any other metropolitan cities in India, Chennai also lack proper management of domestic municipal swages. Kodungaiyur is the area where Chennai's domestic wastages are generally dumped without any scientific treatment . Although about 269-acre plot in Kodungaiyur is used for the garbage dumpsite in Chennai only about, 100 acres of the land are used for haphazard dumping of wastes . Due to lack of proper treatment, most of the garages are simply burnt. The smoke from the fires creates havoc in the densely populated nearby locality. About five lakh people particularly the children living around the dump complain about the severe health alignments by the smoke coming out from the burning of garages .
As a result of this, the living condition of the area has been gradually deteriorating. Air sample of the area shows the presence of many carcinogens in the lethal doses. Residents were unable to bear the smoke and the subsequent pollution from the dump yard. They alleged that the pollution in the area due to smoke is not only a health concern but also a social issue. Nobody even the relatives of them do not visit the place because of the smoke and pollution in the area. With the increasing pollution and no attention by the government officials, people started protesting against the dumpsite. The protest took a momentum in November 2012 when thousands of local people staged protest and street march. They blocked the main gate of the dump site and demanded the immediate closure of the site