Dumped Silts Lead to Traffic Congestion in Bhubaneswar

June 16th, 2011

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has created one problem while trying to solve another. For the last 20 days, the corporation has been desilting the city drains. It had heaped the extracted material on the edge of these drains. However, with the monsoon setting in, the sludge is bound to be washed back into the drains. After a stormy council meeting on desiltation of the internal drains in the last week of May, the BMC authorities had decided that by June 15 the drains would be made ready to face the monsoon rains.

However, with the silt from the drains still lying on the roadsides, the drains will again be choked in most of the areas. “This year the desiltation work started very seriously at the beginning. But, in most of the areas, the work never got over on time. While most of the desilted drains will be refilled with the soil and garbage recovered from the nearby drains, the civic authorities will have more problem to collect the silt again and transport them to the dumping ground,” said Mrutyunjay Tripathy, a resident of Ganganagar area.

But, in some areas, including ward No. 45, extracted materials have been removed. “All the dumped materials near the main road were lifted. In some parts, however, some garbage was still dumped for inspection of the municipal commissioner and city health officer. Now, almost all silt from the roadsides in our ward have been lifted,” said councillor Pranab Kishore Swain. But the situation is different on the Delta Square-Jagamara Road. Here, heaps of silt recovered from the nearby stormwater drain have been lying for days in front of the shops. Apart from the shopkeepers, local residents are suffering badly due to this. This is also causing traffic congestions on the road.

“The civic authorities have set a bad precedence this year by causing difficulties for the public while dumping the silt on the road itself. But, according to the Municipal Corporation Act, 2003, it is punishable to dump garbage on roads,” said Samir Kumar Jena, a resident of Baramunda village. City health officer Ashok Kumar Panda, however, blamed the Raja festival for the delay in the BMC plan.

“We could not get labourers during the festive season. As it is the biggest festival of the state, workers tend to go to their villages and return after a day or two. We have already issued instructions. Once the labourers are available, we will lift the heaps of silt and garbage from the roadsides,” said Panda. The Telegraph had carried a report on May 24 regarding a desiltation exercise before the onset of the monsoon as the Indian Meteorological Department had predicted June 10 as the date for arrival of monsoon clouds in the city. After that, the councillors took up the matter at the council meeting.

Speaking to the The Telegraph, city engineer T.B.K. Shroff had said on May 23: “There is no fixed rule to finish the desiltation activity in the smaller drains one month prior to the arrival of the monsoon clouds. But, the desiltation works will be definitely over by June 15.”

Ward Nos. 10, 19, 21, 39, 40 and 49 are facing acute crisis due to the dumped silts on roadsides. After the incessant rain since last evening, people staying in areas such as Rental Colony, Nayapalli, Bomikhal, Jayadurga Nagar, Sarala Nag ar, Refugee Colony, Laxmisagar, Jharpada, Buddheswari Colony, Laxmisagar Brit Colo ny, Chintamaniswar temple area, Sabar Sahi, Kalpana Fla ts and BJB Nagar ‘A’ type flat areas, are facing problems from dumped silts due to the negligence of the BMC.


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