CASES OF dengue and mosquito-related fevers rage and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) State Project Director has expressed his displeasure over the slow progress of work on 26 packages worth Rs 179 crores.
While the package consisting of water supply, sanitation and solid waste management, the nodal body for the implementation of these projects, the BMC is yet to change gears to remedy the rapidly deteriorating conditions in the City’s poor quarters.
A few days back, a report from the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) said the Corporation’s Commissioner, Manish Singh had asked the City’s hotels, cinema halls, hospitals, nursing homes and educational institutions to keep their surroundings clean to prevent dengue from spreading or face consequences.
However, a glance at conditions prevailing in various parts of the City bears testimony to the fact that no one seems to be bothered and no one seems to listen and till several days after, the lackadaisical BMC has not booked even a single violator nor moved on its own to remove garbage dumps or clean filthy nullahs or close overflowing sewage manholes.
Besides, BMC hardly needs to be reminded that most public places like subzi-haats, open spaces, footpaths, rainwater drains, civic conveniences like toilets and urinals, sewers and nullahs are badly maintained and are seldom cleaned because of the absence of the municipal employees from their assigned duties.
These places have become breeding grounds for deadly mosquitoes. Clean water supply has also become a rare thing leading to spread of jaundice in low-lying areas particularly slums.
Need it be said that Bhopal does not consist of three link roads, a VIP road and a few posh colonies of Government servants though the BMC seems to think that it has done its job if it has done something for VIP roads and VIP colonies.
Recall the Hindustan Times Bhopal Live lead story ‘All roads lead to VIP Colonies’ that appeared a few days ago to bring home the fact that the construction activity was confined only to some selected areas to the neglect of the rest of the City.
Bhopal comprises the vast multitude of slums and undeveloped colonies that have been without basic amenities for years. A mere directive to the public bodies is hardly a solution to the many ills that the City suffers from. It is hardly a solution. The BMC should enter the fast track of development and follow through with strict action against non-compliance.
Moreover, nothing succeeds without being upfront. The Commissioner BMC should lead by example by galvanising his own staff into action and making them mind their work with sincerity by keeping the streets, sewers, road dividers and public places like markets that are reeking with garbage clean and bright and keep services running and then insist on others to follow suit. Will someone make it happen?