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Holi hangover kicks up stink

Holi-day happiness has translated into holiday hassle for Ranchi’s residents, as the capital’s cleaning squad is stretching the festival mood a little too long and leaving garbage vats belching with unmentionables in the process.

Victim neighbourhoods, which have been stinking since Sunday, are expected to remain olfactory challenge for several hours more because RMC bosses seem unenthusiastic over recalling its MIA force anytime before Wednesday. On the other hand, the sizzling midday sun, which left streets deserted on Tuesday, is likely to slow down cleanliness efforts even if they begin in the right earnest.

Vinod Agarwal, a resident of south Upper Bazaar area in ward No. 24, complained of overflowing drains. “On Sunday, the garbage vats were full. On Monday, they started spilling filth. On Tuesday, garbage has clogged drains, which are overflowing. The Holi spirit has drowned in an unholy mess,” Agarwal said.

He added that a group of residents had approached local councillor Saba Naaz for immediate reprieve. “We have requested her to remind civic body officials that if garbage is not cleared soon, it will be difficult for us to walk through the neighbourhood.”

The gripes of Tharpakhna residents were no different. Suresh Pramanik, who lives at South Samaj Street in ward No. 19, claimed that civic workers had a bad habit of extending holidays.

“Holi was on Monday, but the cleaners did not turn up even on Tuesday. Government employees have already enjoyed three days of leave since Saturday. How long do they want to skip work? The stench outside home is so unbearable that we are keeping doors and windows shut even in this sweltering weather,” he said.

Councillor Naaz and her ward No. 19 counterpart Asha Devi claimed they had already reminded RMC officials of the urgent need to clean garbage, and had been promised the same by Wednesday.

RMC deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya echoed them. “Garbage was cleaned from some areas of the city, while others have remained neglected. We have taken note and directed cleaners to get back to work by Wednesday,” he said.


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