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Ward heads cry for clean capital

A section of ward councillors on Friday called on Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) CEO Manoj Kumar and showed their frustration at the civic body’s delay in coming up with a proper system for keeping the capital clean.

Facing citizens’ ire over dirty roads, spilling vats, overflowing drains and unattended filth on doorsteps, following the ouster of private cleaning agency A2Z, the “upset” councillors squatted on Kumar’s chamber and staged a dharna.

After much coaxing and cajoling from the CEO, the 20 councillors occupied the chairs meant for them.

Ashok Kumar Baraik, ward 28 councillor, pointed out that the RMC’s inability to keep the wards clean was earning them the people’s wrath.

“Being people’s representative, we are answerable to them. The most important task of a councillor is to ensure that his ward is garbage-free. We are not being able to meet peoples’ expectations,” Baraik said.

Ward No. 14 councillor Bijay Tirkey told Kumar that the civic body should keep them updated about the schedule of lifting garbage.

CEO Kumar later told The Telegraph that the concerns raised by the councillors were genuine.

“The civic body admits that it is not being able to meet the expectations of people. Yesterday, we have floated tenders to procure certain equipment that will be required by the cleaning staff,” he added.

Most of the vehicles taken back from A2Z are in utter bad shape and some of the vehicles are even completely out of order and as a result, cleaners are unable to work properly.