Garbage, waste materials dot Cuttack roads, lanes

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Cuttack, Dec 11:  Streets and lanes in Silver City have virtually turned into dumping yards with heaps of garbages and waste materials.

The Roads stretching from Seminary Chhak to Nua Rausapatana, Sutahat to Khatbin Sahi, Chandi Chhak to Stadium, Upper Telenga Bazar to Purighat, Mahatab Road to Chhatra Bazar, College Square to Ice factory, Ranihat medical road, main road under the Foot Over Bridge near Badambadi, Mission Road, Chaudhury Bazar Maruti Mandap, Gaurishankar park, CDA Amba Tota are often in pitiable conditions where locals struggle to fight the stench emanating from the garbage and litter scattered hither and thither.

Stray dogs and cattle scavenging the garbage for food is also a common sight on the streets in the city.

Denizens have alleged that neither roads are being cleaned nor is garbage being lifted regularly. Despite repeated complaints from citizens, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) is doing nothing to ensure cleanliness in the city.

“The dust bin in our locality has been overflowing with garbage for the last three days and nobody has swept the road for the last few days,” said Sudarshan Das, a resident of Ranihat.

As the Supervisors are not visiting the wards to check the sanitation work, the process of door-to-door waste collection is irregular in many areas.

Besides, many colonies and lanes have no dustbins for the garbage. The residents dump the household waste alongside the roads.  This makes stink in the locality spoiling the environment.

Apart from creating unhygienic surrounding and emanating foul smell, garbage dumps have become breeding ground for mosquitoes thereby increasing the risk of diseases like Dengue.

Denizens who have alleged that the agency carrying out waste management work in the city is not doing the job properly have also blamed CMC’s superficial supervision for the gross insanitary condition of the city. The agency is being paid around Rs 1.5 crore a month for maintaining sanitation in the city.

Sources said, the Global Positioning System (GPS) adopted by the civic body for monitoring and ensuring garbage disposal and cleanliness activities is lying defunct since last one year.

“We do not how and on which basis the civic body is making payment to the agency carrying out waste management as the machine meant for measuring garbage has been lying defunct since long,” said Corporator Giribala Behera.

Though they have been demanding the detail information on it, authorities of the civic body are turning deaf ear, she added.

Both the CMC commissioner Sarat Chandra Nayak and Chairman of CMC’s standing committee on Health and Sanitation, Ranjan Biswal declined to comment on the matter.

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