Dumping of garbage at Kusunda by A2Z Waste Management Pvt Ltd. has once again come to a halt because of opposition from local residents.
The people of Khas Kusunda Harijan Basti have not been allowing the staff of the private agency — which is planning to extend its services from 18 to 22 wards of Dhanbad — to dispose of wastes at the designated site in Kusunda from May 10.
“We are finding it extremely difficult to dump waste in Kusunda as local people are attacking our workers. On several occasions, they also pelted stones, disrupting work, and misbehaved with municipal corporation staff accompanying us. The civic authorities were informed several times, but no action was taken,” said in-charge of A2Z operations in Dhanbad Suchit Shukla.
He added the residents had similarly stopped work last November.
Chief executive officer of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation Awdhesh Kumar Pandey admitted that A2Z had complained about halting of waste disposal at Kusunda.
“We will try to soon resolve the issue with the help of district administration and police. The site near Kusunda railway station, where garbage is disposed, belongs to the corporation and those who are protesting are illegal encroachers,” said Pandey, adding that politics was at play, as the real intent of the villagers was to wrest money from A2Z.
Nisar Alam of Kusunda, also the representative of councillor of ward 18 Rehana Begam, however, cited hygiene issues. “Garbage has piled up at the site with no attempt being taken to dispose it. No one has bothered to sprinkle bleaching power or clean the area, thus putting the health of villagers at risk,” said Alam.