| The office of the Adityapur Municipal Council on Tuesday. (Bhola Prasad)
Adityapur Municipal Council (AMC), which looks after civic and other allied services in the industrial hub in Seraikela-Kharsawan district, has roped in utility company Jusco to take charge of cleanliness in its command areas.
Though the cleaning job by Jusco in Adityapur would be a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, residents of the area are more than happy.
An excavator, two dumpers and 30 cleaning personnel were pressed into service early Tuesday morning and within no time heaps of garbage had disappeared from the densely populated area.
I never thought that my colony will be as clean as any other place in the adjoining steel city. Now our locality looks completely different, said Abhisek Mishra, a resident of Aditya Gardens.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Mishra who works in Usha Martin Pvt. Limited, said garbage was one of the main civic problems of Adityapur, and residents had to bear the muck and filth because the existing civic body was not equipped to handle the load.
AMC vice chairman Purendra Narayan Singh said he had requested the Tata Steel management for help in addressing the cleanliness related issues in AMC area.
The Tata Steel management accepted our request and asked its subsidiary Jusco to extend its service to Adityapur, said Singh.
The AMC vice-chairman pointed out that the municipal council had 85 staffers to carry out cleaning work, beside the necessary vehicles and equipment, but the staff lacked the skill only Jusco could provide.
We believe that while observing the way Jusco workers are carrying out the job, the AMC workers will learn how to maintain cleanliness. Moreover, the participation of the Jusco workers in keeping Adityapur neat and clean will definitely boost the morale of the AMC workers, said the AMC vice-chairman.
The AMC command areas comprise Adityapur and parts of Gamharia, which have a combined population of 3 lakh.
Most parts of the municipal area are dotted with densely-populated pockets with no proper sewerage or drainage systems in place. As a result, roads are almost always overflowing with garbage.
Om Prakash, president of NGO Jan Kalyan Morcha, welcomed Juscos gesture in helping to keep Adityapur clean, but he urged AMC functionaries to ensure that the garbage collected from the township was disposed of properly.