Garbage lies unattended on Road No. 32 in Adityapur on Wednesday. (Animesh Sengupta)
An Adityapur link, close to river Kharkai and 50 metres away from the railway overbridge, is getting squeezed to death by slag and garbage.
Though no one knows which industrial house is dumping slag and who are the culprits behind the mounds of accumulating waste, the approach road between Kharkai bridge and twin areas of Road No. 32 and Kuluptanga has become virtually out of bounds.
For Adityapur residents, including schoolchildren, who once used this approach to reach Kharkai bridge and then Jamshedpur, the obstacle translates to an extra detour of 2km on wheels or on foot.
Adityapur Municipal Council, under which jurisdiction the stretch of road falls, has done nothing.
Residents, who approached the civic body a week ago, said the municipal officials did nothing. “We asked them (Adityapur Municipal Council officials) to get the slag and garbage removed, but nothing changed,” said Anand Prakash, a resident of Road No. 32.
“We lodged a complaint with the municipality as this dumping started after a gap of two years. We even showed authorities concerned some photographs of the dump. But, they did nothing,” Prakash told The Telegraph.
Om Prakash, president of NGO Jan Kalyan Morcha, also raised the matter with Adityapur Municipal Council.
“For two years, the approach road had been clean. People could use the road even at night. Now, day or night, it is a nightmare all the way through,” the NGO president said.
He added that it was the onus of Adityapur Municipal Council to immediately clear garbage and industrial wastes. “People want their road back,” he said.
Contacted, Adityapur Municipal Council executive officer Suresh Prasad Yadav expressed his ignorance about the unauthorised dump.
“We gave clear instructions to the cleaning staff to keep roads and public places free from filth. If there is any unauthorised dumping as such, we will definitely take notice of it and do the needful,” Yadav claimed while talking to The Telegraph. Putting the onus of vigilantism on residents, he added: “Local residents should oppose those who come to dump garbage.”
“We have only one question. Will the road get cleared before festive season?” asked resident Anand Prakash.
Do you think the road will be cleaned before Durga Puja?