Chennai: Harried residents frustrated by mounting piles of uncleared junk can now turn to a young couple's start-up portal to get trash cleared from their homes free of cost.
   
Jegan and Sujatha Jegan, a young couple, have started a city-based online portal www.kuppathotti.com (trash can) to offer services like collecting house-hold junk including milk covers, old newspapers, plastic, iron and aluminum from the customers' doorsteps.
   
Jegan, employed with a top private IT firm, came up with the idea and along with his wife, the Managing Director of the website, started it on November 11.
   
"We always wanted to do something innovative and after an indepth study, decided to launch this service," he said. He claimed that no proper solution in India exists for offering such services.   

Jegan and Sujatha, both MCA graduates, started the portal with their savings.
   
Jegan, who hails from Radhapuram near Tirunelveli, collects rag, pays the customers and sends the trash to godowns owned by them at various parts of the city.
   
"The main reason I go personally is to ask for their feedback... As a pilot study, we are offering this service in places like Ashok Nagar, West Mambalam, Kodambakkam Valasaravakkam and KK Nagar areas," he said, adding, it the service would be extended to other parts of the city.
   
He said they have over 150 registered members.
   
"Registering online is free and members can avail the service free of cost," he said. Jegan said customers wishing to deposit garbage can inform them well in advance by e-mail or phone.
   
People can also contact them for other household related services like electrical or plumbing help and can send a request through website.
   
Sujatha said their plan is to cover Chennai in six to nine months and then extend it to other cities. "Our target is to cover both Chennai and Coimbatore in one year," she said.
   
Sujatha, who gave up her job as a software engineer in a top IT firm to start this portal, said their parents backed them fully when they decided to start the venture.
   
The couple also plans to launch aggressive marketing campaign in the coming few weeks to popularise the portal.

Agencies