Garbage dumping near Sainik School in Bhubaneswar: OHRC seeks report from BMC; outfit distributes ointment

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has sought a report from the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) over the dumping of garbage near Sainik School in the city.

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. 

“The complainant Sura Patra and others of Anchalika Surakshya Manch, Gadakana, Mancheswar Railway Colony have alleged that the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation is dumping all the waste articles of the city in Mancheswar area, which may result in ill health of the locality. Since the allegation prima facie reveals violation of human rights, a copy of the petition be sent to the Commissioner, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation to cause an enquiry into the matter and submit a detailed factual report on the allegations made, by 11.12.2023,” the OHRC said in an order.

On the other hand, the dumping has allegedly caused spread of skin disease in Dhirikuti slum near Mancheswar Railway Station in the city. Members of the Anchalika Surakshya Manch today distributed anti-itch ointment among the residents of the slum. Unfortunately, Health Department personnel were yet to reach the locality.

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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