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Garbage hits Jharia traffic

Spilling garbage vats have revealed a stinking reality of Jharia and its adjoining areas.

Lack of civic initiatives on the part of Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) coupled with resource crunch has made life difficult for the five lakh residents of the locality.

In the absence of tractors to transport the garbage from the vats to the dumping site, waste is being allowed to accumulate at every nook and corner, which has eventually spilt on the roads.

In Jharia, which witnesses heavy traffic every day, the dumped garbage has invited a different kind of problem. As the accumulated waste is quite huge and the vats occupy a lot of space, traffic jams have become very common during busy office hours.

The situation is worse at Dharmashala Road and Sabzi Mandi Road, where both the 40-feet stretches have been reduced to 7 feet. The vats in these areas were last cleared some 10 days ago.

The places around Lal Bazaar, Marwari Vidyalaya and Jharia Matrisadan are no better. The onset of monsoon has only added to the muck and mess.

When contacted, managing director of Mada Ravindra Singh said they took up the cleaning task on the request of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation (DMC) after private firm A2Z Waste Management withdrew in January this year.

“But, we don’t have the requisite infrastructure to transport the garbage to the dumping site,” he pointed out.

Crying helplessness, Singh said Mada had only one tractor at present. Though the civic body is supposed to have five vehicles — three of its own and two given by DMC — four are lying defunct.

“At the last meeting convened by deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar about a month ago, we had requested the civic body to repair three of our tractors. They agreed and also provided us two more tractors for garbage transport. But one developed a technical snag recently. At present, we just have one,” he said.

When asked, deputy administrator of the civic body Siddharth Shankar Chaudhary said they would expedite repairs.

Fed up with the filthy situation, zonal vice-president of Federation of Dhanbad Zilla Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ashok Agarwal said, “The roads are in a pathetic state. With monsoon having set in, chances of diseases breaking out are also high. Immediate steps need to be taken to clear the garbage.”