Community kitchens organised by various religious bodies and NGOs in various nooks of the city from time to time does promote philanthropy, but at the same time leads to unhygienic conditions on roads.
Used plates and cups could be seen littered, which fails to get cleared for weeks, on the roads where such community kitchens are organised.
Moreover, the drains get choked for weeks in the process because of the plastic plates and cups that flow into them. In many cases, it is only after several complaints by the residents when these drains are cleared by the MC. This scenario is nothing new, rather an age-old plight of the city for which the citizens themselves should be held responsible rather than blaming the MC, say residents of the city.
Besides, it raises another issue of traffic jams. Roads are openly encroached for organising these kitchens and there is no one to question them. A religious group organised a community kitchen in the last week of December at several points on the busy Railway Station Road, which not only littered the entire road, but also blocked the road for hours due to long traffic snarls.
“What if an ambulance is on its way to hospital on the roads where such kitchens are organised? Will anyone take the responsibility in this case?” questioned students and residents of the city. Neither the organisers, nor the MC have failed to come up with an appropriate solution so far, but MC commissioner GK Singh, taking a decision in the regard, had on Wednesday issued guidelines to all four zonal (A, B, C, D) commissioners of the city to conduct meetings with NGOs and associations to inspire them to maintain cleanliness while community kitchens are organised by them.