Garbage lies unattended near Mango police station on Friday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Clogged drains and unattended garbage greeted East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal and Co. at Mango on Friday morning.
The deputy commissioner (DC) was on a surprise visit to the densely populated locality along with East Singhbhum additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Ganesh Kumar, Dhalbhum sub-divisional officer Prem Ranjan and assistant commissioner of excise, Jamshedpur division, Rakesh Kumar.
And no brownie points for guessing that the team’s report was far from satisfactory. After taking note of overflowing drains and mounds of garbage and construction materials lying on roads during the three-hour inspection, Kaushal offered a number of suggestions to civic officials.
“The special officer of Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) has been asked to come up with a proper plan to clean drains and remove garbage. He cited shortage of manpower for the delay in clearing waste and drains. However, he has promised to take corrective measures. Such surprise visits will continue in the locality,” said the DC.
MNAC special officer Sushil Kumar has also been told to increase the number of cleaners and submit a list of areas that need to be spruced up every day in the form of a duty roster to the district administration.
According to sources, the inspection was prompted by complaints about hygiene issues and deteriorating law and order situation in the area by Mango residents and social organisations.
Spread over an area of 12km, Mango has a population of over 3 lakh. A MNAC survey says the locality generates solid waste of around 60 lakh kg per day.
However, it is also true that the urban local body has been battling manpower crunch for the past few years.
At present, it has only three sanitation workers against the sanctioned strength of 10. The area, which ideally needs more than 600 cleaners every day, is managing with only 120 contract workers.
“We have outsourced cleaning operations to a private firm, Mukesh Kumar Enterprises, which has provided us 120 workers. However, we will have to increase the strength and make a duty roster that will be submitted to the DC and the ADC every day in keeping with the directions,” Kumar said.
The special officer, along with the civic body’s surveyor, will start visiting various neighbourhoods from Saturday and slap a fine of Rs 5,000 per day on houses and establishments that have dumped construction materials on road.
Illegal slaughter houses will be also fined Rs 1,000 per day. There are more than 20 illegal slaughter houses at Azadnagar and Zakirnagar.
Kaushal has also asked the assistant commissioner of excise, Jamshedpur division, to ensure that no makeshift food joint operates near licensed liquor outlets. Drunken brawls are most common at such illegal eateries.