Workers clean up picnic litter near Dimna Lake on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Scenic Dimna Lake, 13km from Jamshedpur, has stopped being a dhobi ghat for vehicles from Tuesday with Jusco, the guardian of the 92sqkm artificial reservoir, deputing two private guards exclusively to prevent its waters from being dirtied.
The step was taken five days after The Telegraph reported widespread washing of two-wheelers and commercial carriers in Dimna waters, while security guards were found missing (A paradise lost in foul waters, Dec. 19).
Jusco deployed two guards from Tuesday morning to keep vigil on Dimna banks from 8am to 4pm every day.
The duo will join five security personnel who were gradually allotted duty at Tata Steel guesthouse, radial gates, water pipeline, grilles at the drop gate, among others.
“It was tough for five security guards, who worked in shifts, to man Tata Steel infrastructure and also keep vigil on banks. That’s why many operators got a chance to wash vehicles. Now, two guards have been asked only to prevent vehicles from being washed at the lake. That’s their job,” a Jusco official said.
Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said the decision to deploy two guards was taken on December 21.
“We gave instructions to a private agency supervisor to allot duty so that the two guards will be available on the banks between 8am and 4pm to prevent vehicle washing at the bank. The guards are working since morning,” he said.
Rajan added the security official wrote to Bodam police station OC N.K. Mandal to increase patrol on Dimna Lake to protect it from being polluted.
“We always intensify our patrolling during picnic season at Dimna Lake. This has been done this year too. We have received a request from Jusco and have asked patrolling guards to coordinate with security personnel. Together, they can prevent washing of vehicles at the lake,” Mandal said.
To keep the picnic spot tidy, Jusco has also pressed into service three cleaners.
“They are collecting litter, including used thermocol plates, plastic glasses and the like, and burning it at a specific spot. Empty booze bottles will be put in a vat and taken every day by our garbage collection van. The cleaners will do their duty till January-end, covering the entire picnic season,” Rajan added.