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Tuesday , July 1 , 2014
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Meet dirty Jugsalai’s dumper No. 1

Figure this out. Eighty thousand residents, 14 tonnes of waste per day and one dumper to handle it all.

Jugsalai, one of the most important commercial-cum-residential areas of Jamshedpur, is a breeding ground of mosquitoes, thanks to slushy mounds of garbage and giant wastewater puddles triggered by twin factors of seasonal monsoon and year-round civic crunch.

In between Bistupur and Tatanagar station and falling under Jugsalai Municipality, filth makes the area inhabited by some 80,000 residents a ticking vector bomb.

Forget alleys in residential areas, even roads at busy intersections have craters that turn puddles even after a slight shower. Drainage seems absent, thanks to sewers clogged with plastic bags and trash.

Jugsalai generates 14 tonnes of waste a day. Yet, functionaries at Jugsalai Municipality plead helplessness.

Contacted, Jugsalai municipality special officer Jagadish Yadav, who holds dual charge of Mango Notified Area Committee, admitted they had too few manpower and dumpers to tow away dustbins.

“We have prioritised clearing drains to prevent water-logging of major nullahs during monsoon. This has hampered our garbage disposal. But, things will improve,” Yadav claimed.

Pressed for details, he said they had 32 cleaners and only one dumper.

Residents complained that senior municipal officials hardly come for cleaning inspection or monitoring.

Garbage can be seen and smelt on roads in Purani Basti, Gauri Shanker Road, Gurudwara Road, Station Road and Jugsalai Road. Refuse finds its way into potholes and craters on roads, where they fester for days.

Yahan road pe chalna mushkil ho gaya. Bahut kharab mahak aata hai. Pichle das din se kachda uttaya nahin gaya. Bimari ka chance bana rahta hai (It is tough to walk on filthy roads. The stench is awful. Garbage has not been cleared for 10 days and there is threat of diseases striking any moment),” said Md Sartaz of resident of Purani Basti, Jugsalai.

“Look at the plastic waste blocking drains,” said Tata Steel employee Nagendra Pandey, also a resident of Jugsalai.

“Jugsalai railway crossing becomes scary during rains. A side of the road becomes a pond,” said Amar Singh, a BJP leader who stays in Jugsalai.

On an optimistic note, Yadav added they had got sanctions to repair roads and the tender process would end soon. “We have also received sanction and will get another dumper to clear wastes from vats. We may also increase our workforce,” Yadav added.

Jugsalai will believe it only when they see it.

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