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Rain drains out sanitation drive
Garbage dumped on roadside near a dustbin in Cuttack. Picture by Badrika Nath Das

Cuttack, Sept. 6: Incessant rain in the last couple of days has thrown the sanitation situation off tracks in Cuttack.

Most wards of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) have overflowing drains, waterlogged streets and garbage lying on roadsides.

“Though the overall waterlogging situation has improved to a great extent, overflowing of drains following showers is a cause of concern,” Gopal Choudhry, 36, a resident of Kathagada Sahi, said.

The city had witnessed heavy downpour from yesterday evening that continued till late night. Choudhry said because of the overflowing of drains, garbage, including polythene, was left scattered on road causing inconvenience to local residents.

The Corporation had outsourced garbage collection and mechanical sweeping of roads in the city to Hyderabad-based Ramky Envrio Engineers Ltd (Reel).

Chief minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the mechanised street sweeping facility along with the city bus service on May 16.

At present, Reel is engaged in daily collection, disposal of garbage and mechanised sweeping at 36 of the 54 wards in the city.

“There has been hardly any improvement in the sanitation situation here as garbage can still be found lying on the streets,” said Gitanjali Sahu, a homemaker from Jobra.

“Though two big dustbins have been placed near Mission Road, waste is found lying scattered all over the place for days together and we cannot even pass through the area because of the stench,” said Seikh Samin, a local resident.

Reel officials have admitted that mechanised sweeping has not been possible owing to rain. However, manual sweeping was being done at all concerned wards in the city.

“At present we are collecting and disposing around 160-170 tonne of garbage a day. Door-to-door garbage collection is on at 36 wards and secondary garbage collection in the remaining localities,” said Reel assistant project head Rajesh Rai.

The garbage collection was being carried out from 6am to 11am and again from 3pm to 6pm, he said.

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