Trenching ground raises a stink as Indoreans protest delay in shifting

  • Vinit, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Dec 22, 2014 17:09 IST

Vexed with municipal corporation's attitude, residents of over a dozen of townships in the vicinity of Devguradia trenching ground staged a protest to shift the dumping ground from their locality.

On Sunday morning, residents, along with Congress supporters, came out in large numbers protesting against the alleged slumber approach of the IMC in solving their grievances.

The protesters blocked the vehicular movement on Bypass Road for a brief period, forcing the administration to beef up the security in the area.

For over last couple of years, the corporation has been procrastinating over the issue, making it difficult for the residents to live amidst poisonous gases emanating from the dump.

Congress MLA from Rau Jitendra Patwari also joined the protest of locals and criticised the administration for not paying heed to the problem. "The poisonous gasses emanating from the trenching ground is making it worse for the people living in the area. How can administration ignore its citizens' concern for over two years," said Patwari.

Pointing towards the problem, Patwari ridiculed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swach Bharat Abhiyan too.

Social activist Kishore Kodwani said that about 900 metric tonnes (MT) of garbage was being dumped every day at the trenching ground. "Only about 400 MT of waste is being processed every day, leaving the rest 500 MT of garbage to pile up in the area every day," Kodwani said.

The garbage collected from Indore is being dumped at Devguradia for more than six decades. And over the years about 4 lakh MT of garbage is accumulated at the site.

The trenching ground is now spread over a stretch of more than four-kilometer stretch adjoining bypass road near Devguradia, spanning area of 150 acres. The ground is also located near Ralamandal wildlife sanctuary, making it equally hazardous for animals and forest.

Ketan Singh Chauhan, one of the residents of Sanghvi Residency near Devguradia, said, "We had complained several times about the foul smell and smoke emanating from the ground, but nothing has changed. Not just the air, even ground water is being contaminated because of this."

"About a year ago, we were told that the trenching ground would be shifted to some other place, but the problem has only got worse. The municipal corporation vehicles continue to dispose garbage every day," said Chauhan.

Vikas Kumar Jha, deputy general manager of A to Z Company, who has been given contract for collection and disposal of waste from the city said, "It is highly unlikely that IMC can allocate any another site of about 150 acres for disposal of garbage."

The IMC has floated tender for installing another waste processing plant of 500 MT/day capacity, but it will take about an years' time to materialise, he added. Sources say that government has regulated constructions in the neighbourhood of trenching grounds.

But the colonisers, in party with government officials have developed townships in the area and sold them to people at considerably low rates. In past couple of years many townships; gated communities have sprung up in the vicinity.

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