Garbage lies unattended in Jharia on Monday. (Gautam Dey)
The exit of A2Z Waste Management Pvt Ltd coupled with no alternative solution has left major parts of Dhanbad sullied and stinking, exposing residents to health hazards.
The coal capital is divided into five circles — Dhanbad, Sindri, Chatrabad, Jharia and Katras. Of them, Dhanbad Municipal Corporation (DMC) looks after Dhanbad, Sindri and Chatrabad.
For Jharia and Katras, the civic body sought the help of Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) to carry out sanitation after the solid waste management firm’s services was terminated last month.
However, lack of co-ordination between Mada and DMC over resource-sharing has led to poor sanitary work in Jharia and Katras.
The situation is worse in Jharia. Filth and garbage is strewn all over. There are altogether 56 garbage vats, most of which are not cleaned.
Drains are overflowing in many localities. Filth continues to pile up, obstructing flow of water that is spilling on to the roads. Piles of garbage are lying in every nook and corner, as sanitation workers are not reporting for work regularly.
In-charge of Jharia Community Health Centre Sashibhushan Prasad said that unattended garbage was a breeding ground for diseases like diarrhoea and jaundice. “Mada should immediately clear the filth. Such muck is always a threat,” said Prasad.
Councillor of ward No. 37 in Jharia Anup Sao added: “DMC is ill-equipped. It does not have the required number of earthmovers and tractors to transport garbage from the vats to the dumping yard. I have had raised the issue on several occasions and even shot a letter to urban development minister Suresh Paswan five days ago, urging the authorities to purchase an earthmover and a tractor for each of the five circle sof DMC. The department, however, is yet to take any step.”
He, however, blamed Mada authorities, adding that sanitation workers of the civic body were not lifting garbage even though hand-driven carts were provided to them.
But, sanitary inspector of Mada S.K. Srivastava passed the buck to DMC. “We have engaged more than 100 labourers, but the civic body has failed to provide us basic equipment like heavy earthmovers and tractors for lifting the garbage,” said Srivastava.
Deputy administrator of DMC R.K. Ram, however, rubbished the allegations. “When we send our vehicles, the Mada labourers are not there to lift garbage.”
Deputy mayor Niraj Singh said they had discussed the issue at the standing committee meeting recently and had decided to constitute a co-operative society in each of the 56 wards. “These societies will comprise local residents and ward councillors. We will fix a user charge for each ward. Details will be discussed at the board meeting on January 30,” he added.