File picture of construction material dumped on a road in Cuttack. Picture by Badrika Nath Das
Cuttack, Aug. 10: The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) has decided to penalise those who dump building material and other debris on the roadside, as it causes severe traffic congestion.
The corporation constituted a 14-member special enforcement squad today to ensure that roads were not blocked by construction material.
“As per Orissa High Court orders, we have formed a squad that will visit various locations in the city and take action against those who violate the norms,” said corporation secretary Laxmidhar Nath.
He said the enforcement squad had been ordered to report the status of the implementation of the court order on a regular basis to the authorities.
The squad will also carry out drives to check the use of polythene bags, as they are already banned within corporation limits.
The civic body has been empowered under the Odisha Municipal Corporation Act to punish those violating norms by dumping building material, debris, and stones on roads and other public places. However, despite restrictions, construction material is still being dumped on roadside.
“Dumping of construction material such as sand and stones not only creates problems for smooth flow of traffic, but also poses a threat to the lives of commuters,” said Manoranjan Nayak, a resident of Mangalabag.
Nayak said corporation contractors were among those who often violated the norms while carrying out repair work of the roads and drains.
“Apart from the CMC, it is also the responsibility of the public to see that they do not obstruct the road by dumping construction material,” said Amit Sahu, a resident of Buxi Bazar.
A traffic source said that despite repeated complaints, the corporation officials were not taking stern action against the contractors engaged in various development activities in the city.
“As a result, it often becomes difficult to regulate traffic on major roads because of ongoing construction on drainage systems or roads,” the officer said on condition of anonymity.
However, CMC officials said steps were being taken to ensure that the roads were not used to dump construction material.
A fine of nearly Rs 2 lakh was collected from around 150 violators for dumping sand, stone and other construction material on the road in July.