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Garbage protest by slum residents

Jamshedpur, Aug. 2: Residents of urban slums on the fringes of Telco township dumped garbage in front of the residence of Tata Motors plant head A.B. Lal and pasted cow dung on the boundary walls today in protest against the company’s reluctance to provide them civic facilities.

The 200-strong mob, led by Ganesh Solanki, a member of East Singhbhum Zila Parishad and relative of former chief minister Arjun Munda, and BJP Ghorabandha block president Jitender Rai assembled in front of Bungalow No. 1 in posh Nildih at 10.30am and stage a dharna. They left at 12.30pm after dumping garbage and threatening to block the drains carrying waste water from Tata Motors works besides preventing company buses from passing through their localities.

“The company had been extending civic facilities like cleaning garbage and spraying bleaching powder in densely populated Ghorabandha, Prakash Nagar, Luabasa, Barinagar, Kharangajhar and Radhikanagar under its CSR projects for several years. However, this practice was stopped a decade back without any reason,” Rai said.

He added that in February this year, they met Tata Motors towns department AGM Nilesh Kumar and wrote to Lal to clear garbage from the urban slums and start spraying bleaching powder regularly during monsoon.

“A week ago, we had met the company’s general manager Ranjit Dhar and issued an ultimatum to take action within a week, but they didn’t,” Rai said.

Tata Motors spokesperson Capt P.J. Singh declined to comment, saying that it was unfortunate that such an agitation was held in front of the house of a senior executive.


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