Workers load an RMC vehicle with garbage near GEL Church Complex near Main Road, Ranchi, at 11.14am on Tuesday. The sight mocks traffic SP Rajiv Ranjan’s directive to the civic body that garbage vehicles should be off roads after 8am. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Traffic police proposes, Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) disposes.
A couple of days ago, Ranchi traffic superintendent of police Rajiv Ranjan had requested RMC chief executive officer Manoj Kumar to not deploy garbage-removing vehicles on city roads after 8am, reasoning that traffic keeps peaking after that time.
Reasoning that city traffic gets busy after 8am, Ranjan had asked the RMC to complete its task earlier.
RMC has chosen not to heed the request. Forget 8am, The Telegraph caught many garbage-lifting vehicles plying on city roads even after 11am.
“Crowded roads get more clogged with garbage vans. Plus, there’s this foul smell that hits you everywhere as you drive. It’s not about whether the traffic SP is giving a directive to RMC, it is just about simple civic sense,” Vikas Kumar Singh, president of Jharkhand Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FJCCI), said.
The FJCCI, in its executive committee meeting on Monday, had also pulled up the RMC for letting its garbage-collecting vehicles run on roads at peak traffic hours.
On Tuesday, The Telegraph timed the garbage collectors that passed near Roshpa Towers at 11.09am and GEL Church complex at 11.14am, both along the busy and arterial Main Road.
A safai karamchari was seen lifting garbage near Lalpur Chowk at 11.50am.
At the busy Circular Road area, a group of safai karamacharis had created a traffic jam while lifting garbage, causing traffic problems around 11.55am.
Asked, Ranchi traffic SP Rajiv Ranjan said: “You can’t implement every rule by force. This was simply a matter of civic sense and ethics. I also urge residents to come forward for a better cause.”
He hinted that if the RMC did not mend its ways, his department would be forced to restrict garbage lifters on main thoroughfares after 8am by formally implementing no-entry rules.
No-entry rules are used to prohibit heavy vehicles during rush hours.
While RMC chief executive officer Manoj Kumar did not answer calls, Ranchi deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya accepted the problem.
“We have called a standing committee meeting to discuss the matter on May 5. Our problem is that safai karamcharis are available only after 6am, not during the night or small hours. We need to develop a system,” he said.