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Residents block truck with waste

Malda, July 11: Englishbazar Municipality trucks meant for dumping garbage had to return because of stiff resistance from the residents of Madhabnagar, in the northern fringes of the town, here today.

“They chased away the trucks and prevented us from dumping the waste. We, however, managed to dump the waste in a vacant government agricultural firm at Madhabnagar,” a truck driver said.

Subhas Roy, a resident of Madhabnagar, said the dumping of garbage on the roadside on a regular basis had been causing health hazards.

“The nauseating stench emanating from the waste has become intolerable. We shudder to think what will happen to us once the Malda medical college starts functioning in a full-fledged way,” Roy said.

The problem started from December 2010 when the municipality had to stop releasing garbage at the Chandan Park dumping ground following a court order and local resistance.

“As a result, the municipality started dumping garbage weighing 250 to 300 tonnes everyday in 40 trucks at any vacant spot in the town,” Roy said. Principal of Malda medical college, Ujjal Kumar Bhadra, confirmed Roy saying the garbage problem would heighten once the college started running in a full-fledged way.

Municipality chairman and Congress MLA from Englishbazar Krishnendu Chowdhury admitted that they were at their wit’s end with the problem.

“We have already talked to the urban development department to set up a permanent dumping ground. Grants from the Union government will be available for the purpose,” the district magistrate, Archana said.