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Dear Mr CS, your orders seem no one’s command in Ranchi.

A week after Jharkhand’s acting chief secretary Sajal Chakraborty launched what he called Operation Touch-up to put cleanliness and beautification on fast track following a two-hour recce of capital streets, things have only gone from bad to worse.

Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC), which was directed to place 100 dustbins, deploy flying squads to prevent littering and slap notices on eateries flouting cleanliness norms within 24 hours after the July 9 surprise inspection, has not lifted a finger since.

Pick any random neighbourhood at any given time of the day and all you look at is ugliness. On HB Road, near Plaza Cinema, plastic and paper cups were found strewn everywhere on Thursday. At Tharpakhna, a crucial stretch connecting Jail More with Purulia Road, which houses many schools and colleges, had mounds of garbage left unattended for days. Monsoon and muck seemed to have compounded woes.

Under his ambitious operation, Chakraborty had drawn up a to-do list for the civic body. It included systematic cleaning of roads and drains as well as surprise checks at roadside eateries by the RMC’s health wing officials. Not a single directive has allegedly been adhered to.

Yahan par kuda daan nahi hai toh kachda sab road pe hi fekte hain. Niyamit safai bhi nahi hota yahan (Since there are no garbage bins here, everyone litters the road. Regular cleaning is never done),” said Shambu, an employee at a Ratu Chowk eatery.

And, what about food safety? “Sab taza hai (Everything is fresh and hygienic),” he added, trying to swat flies with his gamchha.

Chief executive officer of RMC Manoj Kumar did not answer his phone.

His deputy Om Prakash refused to comment, claiming he wasn’t authorised to speak to the media. “All these things are related to policy matters. I cannot say anything. Please contact our CEO,” he said.

The acting chief secretary, on his part, expressed concern and pledged action against “non-performing” RMC bosses. “Operation touch-up seems to have turned into Operation Muck. I am in the know because I too move around the city. I will soon showcause civic mandarins,” Chakraborty said.

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