No takers for clean-up
The festive season, particularly Dhanteras and Diwali, brought its own share of urban waste. The quantum of waste generated by homes and business establishments in Ranchi has more than doubled. The residue of crackers on Diwali is toxic waste, but Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) is not making any efforts to remove it. Since we residents pay municipal tax every year, RMC officials should be held accountable if they fail to perform their duties.
It was good to know that the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College and Hospital will set up a cell dedicated to dengue and cerebral malaria. This year, the dengue scare has grown to epidemic proportions, with the number of suspected cases touching 400. While the cell will help better treatment, the district administration and civic bodies should also ensure proper hygiene in slums.
Yuck on tracks
The report on dirty tracks at the Tatanagar railway station (Stink wounds station pride, November 1) was timely. Though passenger amenities and the stationís general cleanliness have improved, tracks remain filthy. Passengers and visitors complain about the stench, but they fall on deaf ears. Authorities should ensure tracks are cleaned by the private firm engaged for the stationís upkeep.
Get it going
The city bus service under JNNURM ensures a comfortable and affordable ride. But a handful of auto-rickshaw operators and private bus owners are bent on creating problems. Though Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation is operating the service, it is also the district administrationís responsibility to iron out the problems for good.
Plastic road dividers put up by the traffic police some two years are in bad shape. Their radium coating or light-emitting paint has long peeled off, with the result that they are invisible after dusk. At HB Road, Kutcherry Road, Lalpur and at other points, road dividers have either been uprooted or canít stand erect. Many have disappeared. The administration should immediately put up new ones for commuter safety.