Garbage lies unattended in front of Carmel School, Jharudih, in Dhanbad on Sunday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Aggrieved over shoddy sanitation work in all the 55 wards of Dhanbad, DMC councillors have decided to launch phase-wise agitation from May 19.
They will first stage a dharna on the said date and if it fails to yield desired results, they will launch a fast-unto-death from June 10.
“We will be compelled to start an indefinite hunger strike if the mayor and CEO fail to take steps to redress sanitation woes,” said councillor of ward No. 20 Imtiaz Khan.
During deliberations on Saturday evening, the councillors also decided to demand an immediate board meeting of DMC to take a call on pending development works.
Speaking to The Telegraph on Sunday, councillor Khan, said, “The issues of pending projects and appointment of contractual labourers need to be addressed without delay.”
He added that they would raise the point of hiring around 250 contract workers in order to ensure regular garbage collection.
Among the other demands of the councillors is installation of hand pumps.
Saturday’s meeting was attended by 12 councillors including ward No. 14’s Ranjeet Kumar, ward No. 40’s Jay Kumar, ward No. 25’s Praffulla Mandal, ward No. 26’s Priya Ranjan.
“Look at any street across Dhanbad and you will only find muck and filth everywhere. Heaps of garbage often choke roads and slow down traffic during peak hours,” said a councillor, not willing to be named.
Notably, the situation started deteriorating after the exit of A2Z Waste Management Private Limited in January.
The coal capital is divided into five circles — Dhanbad, Sindri, Chatrabad, Jharia and Katras. Of them, DMC looks after Dhanbad, Sindri and Chatrabad.
For Jharia and Katras, the civic body had sought temporary help from Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) to carry out sanitation after the solid waste management firm’s services was terminated early this year.
During its last board meeting in January, the DMC had given permission to all 55 councillors to hire five labourers each in their respective wards for two months to carry out cleanliness work until fresh arrangements were made.
However, with the model code of conduct coming into effect from March for the Lok Sabha polls, the DMC could not hold more board meetings.