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Solid waste dumping in drains add to monsoon woes in Bhubaneswar


 As the civic authorities of Capital city are struggling to address the drainage issues with a dedicated team and control room, the various on-site teams of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) have come across the other side of the story -- poor citizens’ awareness leading to clogging of the water channels and drains all over the state capital, and the dumping of solid waste into the water channels.

The solid wastes have left less or no space for water to flow properly in the drainage infrastructure.

According to BMC sources, Saturday morning the drainage channel No 1 was made free from thermo-coal  and other packaging materials such as polythene which restricted the flow of water.

A senior BMC official said, ``the people should also realise now that dumping solid waste into the drains and drainage channels could result in such a mess across the city. It is high time they must stay away from the major drains and drainage channels and never drop any waste into them.’’

The surveillance team of BMC also demolished a 50-foot-long boundary wall near the meeting point of Mancheswar Railway Coach Factory and VSS Nagar area adjoining the Dhirikuti Basti to allow clogged water to flow.

The boundary wall was raised by an private individual, sources added.

In yet another operation, a small boundary wall was demolished which blocked water discharge from Drainage Channel no. 2 serving Sainik School, Mancheswar and VSS Nagar and near the railway track of VSS Nagar areas leading to the Gangua Nullah.

Wastes thrown by the fruit vendors and the `Kawadiwallas’ of Kharvel Nagar are also causing a havoc for the drainage issues over the Drainage Channel No. 5, which originates from the catchment near the Gurudwara Singh Sabha, the sources said.

The BMC surveillance teams have gathered information how the dumping of fruit packaging materials and discarded wastes from the Kawadiwallas near the Sriya Talkies Complex.

While the Drainage Channels No. 6, 7, and 8 are running without any major issues along their banks, the Drainage Channel No. 9 has got some issues of encroachment and dumping near the Ainginia Square, the sources said adding a major de-silting work of the bed of Drainage Channel no. 10 was carried out today near Bayababa Math Lane.

While the city is generating more than 500 MT of solid waste every day, many are still dumping them into the nearby drains or drainage channels.

``Unless we devise a unique motivational plan and convince the citizens on the bad effects of congesting the drains and drainage channels, we would face a horrible water management scenario in future,’’ said a senior BMC official.

EDITOR : Bijoy Ketan Mishra
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