Bhubaneswar garbage dumping row: BMC starts processing waste

Bhubaneswar: After being criticized by locals over dumping of garbage near Sainik School in Odisha capital, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started processing the waste.

As many as three machines have been roped in by the civic body for the processing of waste, which commenced on Monday.

“A mobile segregator machine and two stationary trommel machines are being used for waste processing. The segregator is capable of processing around 600 metric tonnes of waste per day,” said Suvendu Sahu, Additional Commissioner (Sanitation), BMC.

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has already sought a report from the BMC over the dumping of garbage. The commission has asked the civic body to submit the report by December 11.

Social outfit Anchalika Surakshya Manch had moved the OHRC alleging that the dumping led to deterioration of health condition of the locals.

On the other hand, the dumping has allegedly caused spread of skin disease in Dhirikuti slum near Mancheswar Railway Station in the city.

Worth mentioning, dumping of garbage at the Temporary Transit Station (TTS) near Sainik School has been emanating severe foul smell, causing inconvenience for the residents of Gadakana Mouza, Mancheswar, Dhirikuti slum, VSS Nagar, Rangamatia and nearby areas of the city.

With tonnes of dumped waste, the TTS has now become a garbage hill.

The incident has also impacted the health and education of students of nearby schools, including the Sainik School and Kendriya Vidyalaya.

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