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Clean drive in Balangir

The civic body here has started to clean the nook and corners of the district headquarters town after drawing flaks from various quarters for poor sanitation.

By SUDEEP KUMAR GURU
  • Published 20.11.17
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Garbage on a roadside in Balangir. Telegraph picture

Balangir: The civic body here has started to clean the nook and corners of the district headquarters town after drawing flaks from various quarters for poor sanitation.

Chairperson of Balangir Municipality Santoshini Behera has involved herself personally in supervision of the sanitation drive.

"We will attend to all the complaints of the people. We are taking up the sanitation drive between 3pm and 5pm everyday. I will personally remain present to supervise the work," she said.

The town was reeling from poor sanitation for several months. Waste materials used to remain strewn across roads and roadsides of Balangir.

Residents alleged that the municipality had earlier not responded to their repeated pleas to ensure cleanliness. They alleged that the sanitation workers of the civic body were not regular in garbage lifting. Manasi Sahu, a resident of Palace Line area, alleged that the local drain had not been cleaned for long. "The drain has remained choked for several months now. It has become a breeding ground of mosquitoes in dengue season," she said.

Binod Mishra, another resident, said that the news of the sanitation drive came to him as a huge relief as heaps of garbage remained piled in front of his house.

"I welcome the cleaning drive. But it shouldn't be a mere show for a few days. The civic body should be regular in lifting garbage and cleaning drains," he said.

In another development, the use of polythene bags has significantly come down in Balangir town in last one week after an awareness campaign by municipality followed by action on some traders who were using polythene despite the ban.