A steel city businessman has raised questions on the ranking of cities in the ‘Swachh Sarveskshan 2017’ survey asserting that the Prime Minister should revisit the entire process personally else undeserving civil authorities will walk away with awards, while the muck and dirt in their cities remain unattended.
Taking the instance of his city Jamshedpur- declared the cleanest among big cities in eastern India in the 2017 Swachh Sarveskshan , a businessman Dinesh Agarwal Munna has posted pictures of heaps of garbage in Sakchi Kalimati Road located barely 500 meters from Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) office that have hence gone viral.
JNAC looks after the civic amenities and cleanliness of the town, which is partially managed by Tata Steel’s subsidiary company JUSCO. Jamshedpur DC and special area of JNAC were recently in Delhi to receive the award for the cleanest city of eastern India.
As the officials arrived with the award, a group of conscientious citizens led by Munna, shared pictures of the mound of garbage on Kalimati Road on Whatsapp and Facebook. They questioned authorities on their sincerity and efforts taken to keep the city clean.
“The mound of garbage is piling up every day for the last several years, but neither JNAC nor JUSCO authorities seem bothered. This is grave dereliction of duty given that the JNAC office is barely 500 meters away and the CM, during his Jamshedpur visits, crosses by the mound to reach his home,” Munna told HT.
The businessman did not stop there. He sent those pictures to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and petitioned him to intervene by instructing authorities to take punitive action.
Kalimati road is a highly commercial place in the heart of the city. There are several hotels, shops, offices, go-downs in the area and a few residential quarters too.
The mound of muck has turned a urinal for passersby and some local shopkeepers. An overpowering stink and stench emanate from the mound, making lives hell for the people in the vicinity.
Munna, a garment wholesaler, said his office was located nearby and he could not breathe properly due to the stench. “We have requested the JNAC to get the mound removed on umpteen occasions but it only fell into their deaf ears,” he said.
HT tried to contact JNAC special officer Deepak Sahay for comments but he did not answer the calls.