The road to Bihar Club Durga Puja in Kutchery, Ranchi, wears a clean look on Sunday. (Hardeep Singh)
Cleanliness is literally next to godliness in Ranchi.
The state capital, which often mounts an olfactory challenge and is subject to frequent garbage gripes, is tidying up for Durga Puja.
The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has given a timely wake-up call to its private partner, A2Z Waste Management Limited, and together they have drawn up day-and-night duty rosters so that the city does not kick up stink during the five festive days.
To ensure that manpower crunch did not scuttle Puja plans, A2Z has enrolled 100 additional workers to its existing force of 1,000.
R. Srivastava, the chief project manager of A2Z, confirmed that they were introducing night shifts during Durga Puja so that mounds of garbage did not become eyesore on festive streets.
“At present, garbage is collected from different neighbourhoods between 6am and 2pm. During Durga Puja — precisely between October 9 and October 10 — trash will also be lifted between 2am and 6am,” Srivastava said.
According to the senior A2Z official, a fleet of 16 mini- trucks, each manned by two agency workers, will roll out every night. “The mobile garbage vans will be helped by two RMC workers in every locality. Our elaborate night campaign will be monitored by 26 special supervisors,” Srivastava added.
A2Z officials said the night garbage fleet would focus on major pandal areas so that devotees can wake up to the sweet smell of shiuli flowers and incense sticks instead of rotting waste.
Sources said the private agency had swung into action following prod from Deputy administrator of RMC Shailendra Lal.
Lal has asked A2Z to ready a list of pick-up points and clean them by Wednesday.
Srivastava said: “Many vats have been stolen or damaged, resulting in garbage being strewn all around. We have replaced around 25-30 garbage disposal bins in the past few days. We have asked our workers to inform us how many more are required. We will place another 10-15 to check spilling at pick-up points.”
RMC deputy administrator Lal said they were pulling out all the stops to keep Ranchi spic and span during Puja, and citizens could report shortcomings in the drive.
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