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Litter, litter everywhere

- NaMo rally leaves behind garbage at Dhurwa grounds

Littered garbage, mucky patches of water and an unbearable stink — the residents of Birsa Nagar off Dhurwa grounds are putting up with all this and more ever since Narendra Modi addressed a rally in the locality on Sunday.

Three days have passed, but the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) has failed to clean up the area, robbing the residents of the pleasure of enjoying the winter sun in the open acres or picnicking on New Year’s day.

The worst sufferers are the occupants of the 20-odd houses facing the green lung, also known as Prabhat Tara School grounds.

“Earlier, all of us used to sit out under the sun in the afternoon. But now, we are not being able to even step out of our homes. So much dirt is scattered all around that we don’t even feel like opening the door,” Bina Mishra, a 25-year-old homemaker.

She added that prior to Modi’s Vijay Sankalp Rally, BJP workers had cleaned up the bushes lining up the periphery of the grounds.

“We were really happy to see that the area was being cleaned and was planning a picnic there. Who knew the situation would have turned this bad?” said Nitu Devi, another resident.

Deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya, however, sought a couple of days more to send cleaners to the grounds. “With A2Z gone and the job yet to be handed over to the selected NGOs, RMC is currently working with a handful staff. Today being New Year, we could not force them to work. Hopefully by this weekend the entire city will look tidier,” he promised.