Cows chew on mounds of unattended garbage at Sabji Patti in Jharia on Tuesday. Picture by Gautam Dey
The “Clean Jharia Mission” fell flat on the very first day with Mada on Tuesday failing to remove mammoth mounds of garbage piled up across the township.
Mada managing director Ravindra Singh, during a meeting with representatives of the Jharia Chamber of Commerce on Monday, had promised to launch a sanitation drive from Tuesday.
But till Tuesday evening, around 400 tones of filth littered the streets, leaving slush and stink to haunt the residents. Garbage was spilling from all 56 vats across the town.
The councillor of ward No. 37, Anup Sao, said they did not witness any cleaning drive since Tuesday morning, as was promised by the Mada authorities.
“It is a lie. We are forced to live with filth and stench. Flies and mosquitoes are swarming over the vats, threatening outbreak of diseases,” he added.
The secretary of the Jharia Chamber of Commerce, Upendra Gupta, seconded Sao.
“There was no vat cleaning today. We will again take up the issue with the Mada administration if the situation does not improve,” he added.
Asked for a reason, Mada’s sanitary inspector S.K. Srivastava held lack of resources and manpower responsible for the delay in cleaning.
According to him, Mada doesn’t have any tractor or earthmover machine at the moment. Its three tractors and two earthmovers are lying defunct, forcing Mada to depend on Dhanbad Municipal Corporation and other institutions for vehicles to carry garbage.
“Again, the Dhanbad corporation has only one tractor and an earthmover, which serve all 55 wards under the civic body. So, we get the vehicles only once a month,” he claimed.
Srivatava added the BCCL had provided a tractor and an earthmover three days ago, when Mada removed garbage from vats on Jharia Main Road and near Sabzi Mandi.
This apart, the Mada, he claimed, is also facing staff crunch. “Only 102 sanitation workers are working currently against the sanctioned strength of 354, posing serious problem in cleaning operations,” the sanitation inspector added.
When contacted, the Mada MD Singh said, “We had instructed local officials to carry out cleaning operation from today (Tuesday) and we will review the work in the evening.”
He added that the Mada had also requested the chamber of commerce to make arrangements for brooms and baskets.
“The district administration must intervene to provide us vehicles,” said Singh.