BHUBANESWAR: Tussle between Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and public health engineering department (PHED) has taken its toll on the sanitation activities in posh Saheed Nagar locality (ward no.22) where the civic body had launched "Clean Bhubaneswar" campaign last year.
Residents alleged that neither PHED nor BMC workers are disposing of the waste taken out of manholes. "The waste is lying littered on both sides of the main Saheed Nagar road and streets. It not only creates visually insulting sight, but emanates obnoxious odour," Raghunath Mohanty, a resident said. "One can imagine the situation in rainy season when the waste is spilling on road," Mohanty said.
Local corporator Umanath Mishra found flaw with the PHED authorities. "It is the job of the PHED to clean the manholes and remove the waste. Though I have repeatedly urged them to dispose the waste, but to no avail," the corporator said. "Since the nature of work does not fall under the ambit of private contractor (engaged by BMC) they are reluctant to do it. At times they pick up the garbage upon my request," Mishra added.
PHED's executive engineer Manoranjan Nanda denied any negligence on his department's part. "We are regularly cleaning the manholes and disposing of the waste. Sometimes a portion of the waste spills from the vehicle during lifting. We will clear it soon," Nanda said.
He blamed the locals, including shopkeepers for dumping solid waste inside the manholes. "We are not supposed to lift solid waste. During cleaning of manholes, we often find heaps of plastic waste and polythene," Nanda said.
While the much-hyped "Clean Bhubaneswar" campaign, which was launched in April 2011, is struggling to resume in other wards, BMC had launched a similar drive in Saheed Nagar to sensitize the residents and traders to keep their surrounding clean on the occasion of "Sanitation week" in August 2011. A small chariot was made to mobilize people towards a healthy and hygienic surrounding.
In "Clean Bhubaneswar" campaign, a well-decorated van moved around Saheed Nagar area spreading awareness among people. The civic authorities had announced to conduct street plays, rallies and debate competitions to sensitize the citizens to cooperate with it in keeping the city shipshape. But all plans fell by the wayside.