New site for waste

The stench that used to greet passengers at Tatanagar station is almost gone, thanks to the railway authorities who have found a new dumping site just 1.5km away.

By Our Special Correspondent in Jamshedpur
  • Published 11.09.18
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Tatanagar station on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad

Jamshedpur: The stench that used to greet passengers at Tatanagar station is almost gone, thanks to the railway authorities who have found a new dumping site just 1.5km away.

Authorities have identified a two-acre plot in Khasmahal on the outskirts of the city for dumping daily waste generated by the station. The A 1-category station generates around 100kg of waste daily.

Station director H. K. Balmuchu said, "For the last two days, waste collected from platforms, tracks and station premises is being dumped at the new site in Khasmahal."

The Telegraph had on September 1 highlighted how passengers were greeted by a foul smell emanating from the garbage dumped near the main building by the private agency entrusted with the cleanliness and upkeep of the station instead of the designated dumping site in the nearby Loco Colony.

Balmuchu said Jugsalai Municipality helped them in identifying the new site for waste disposal. "The site is bigger than the previous one. We have instructed the agency to ensure that garbage is cleared from the station daily," he said.

The practice of dumping station waste at the designated place in Loco Colony had been continuing for around eight years. But, recent protest by the residents prompted railways to stop dumping garbage there.

For the last two days, passengers are not complaining about foul smell while entering the station.

"Thank God, the railways has found a new dumping site," said Biren Nath, who travels to Ghatshila daily in local trains.