|Garbage, which has not been cleared over the past two days, lies by the road at several places in Cuttack. Pictures by Badrika Nath Das
Cuttack, May 27: The civic body seems to be struggling hard to maintain all-round sanitation due to the low pressure-induced rain that continued to lash the city for the third consecutive day here today.
The intermittent rains have created problems for the Cuttack Municipal Corporation in removing garbage from various localities leading to widespread resentment among the residents.
Though the corporation sanitary employees had carried out a massive cleanliness drive after the weather improved today morning, bulk of the solid waste could not be lifted from various parts owing to the downpour in the late afternoon.
“It is now over four days that waste from our locality is yet to be cleared. An unbearable stink is coming out of the garbage dumped on roadside,” said CDA Sector VI resident Sridhar Moharana.
Waste from various collection points at Buxi Bazar, Mission Road, Cantonment, Kafla and other parts, too, were not cleared.
Earlier, the corporation had drawn flak for acute waterlogging due to blockages in drainage systems following the heavy downpour.
In another development, Gahmandia residents today staged a demonstration against the lack of measures on part of the civic body to lift the silt from the stretch from Samanta Sahi to Pravat Cinema via Kesharpur and Meria Bazar. The residents alleged that the silt from the main storm water channel No. 1 had been cleared and dumped on roadside last week. The silt has now spilled onto the road following the low pressure-induced rain.
“We are facing problems in moving out of our homes due to non-removal of the silt from the road and have been forced to stage a demonstration to press for immediate measures for clearance of the silt,” said Kesharpur resident Seikh Ashfaq. Senior corporation officials also admitted that the rain had created problems in clearance of garbage from various localities.
“Over 100 sanitary staff members were engaged in removing silt from various channels and clearing blockages in drains yesterday. But, there have been problems in garbage lifting. We have ordered for immediate clearance of waste by tonight,” said city health officer P.K. Pradhan.
Pradhan said that as silt excavated from the drains had spilled onto the roads, the sanitary officials had also been deployed to clear the roads to minimise commuters’ inconvenience.
A civic body official said various contractors had been asked to deploy more tractors to speed up the process of clearing the silt dumped on roadside during night hours within the next two days.