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Mountains of waste on capital streets

Bhubaneswar, Dec. 19: Contractors of the Public Works Department are dumping construction waste along major city roads in spite of being asked not to do so.

A road linking Ram Mandir Square with Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1 has almost turned into a dumping yard.

The road is used by residents of Unit-IX, students of Kendriya Vidyalaya No. 1, St. Joseph’s High School, hostel boarders of the Institute of Hotel Management Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition and students of Capital High School. At present, more than 20 dumpers loaded with waste materials can be found along the road.

“Earlier this road was illegally used by sellers of sand and chips and the civic authorities were not paying any heed. Though this is near an institutional area and a lot of traffic congestion is created when the nearby schools close for the day, the extra burden of dumped materials is making manoeuvring of the vehicles more difficult,” said a teacher on condition of anonymity.

Debasish Pradhan, a corporate employee, said: “This place could have been developed into a green patch, but unfortunately, the sand and chip sellers and now the dumping have disfigured it. The civic authorities should take up the matter immediately.”

Road construction work by Public Works Department (PWD) contractors along various stretches in the city has become a problem, with the civic authorities complaining to the state government on several occasions as roads are damaged. Unplanned construction activities either leave behind huge craters or dumped excavated materials causing traffic mess. The issue was also raised at several meetings of the city management group.

Following several complaints, the state government last week asked PWD to inform the civic authorities regarding their road construction plan.

A senior officer of the recovery section of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation said: “Residents have complained about the dumping of construction material at night time.”

Municipal commissioner Sanjib Kumar Mishra said: “Dumping of construction material is done either by private concerns or by PWD contractors. However, we are not sure who the prime offender is. But the corporation has written to PWD authorities regarding dumping of construction material at several places such as Unit-VI, Airport-Kargil Road and many other busy stretches. We are going to alert our own officials to zero in on the offenders and catch them red-handed.”