With the monsoon setting in, unsightly heaps of garbage dumped along the streets of the capital city are turning it into a playground for germs. Experts say they are also polluting its air and water bodies.
Several city streets have turned into dumpyards for domestic waste and rotten vegetables left behind by roadside vendors. For instance, a portion of the busy Ranchi-Tata road near Maulana Azad Colony is piled up with garbage – attracting flies and rodents – because residents have begun dumping waste with impunity. Besides causing a stink, the heaps of wet garbage have given rise to diseases in nearby colonies.
Many residents of Maulana Azad Colony are suffering from stomach and mosquito-related ailments due to this, said Md Liaquat Khan, a resident. “Leave alone clearing the garbage, the municipal authorities do not even install dustbins to prevent littering,” he added.
Local ward councillor Kulbhusan Dungdung squarely blamed the civic body for the problem. “We need an excavator to clear the garbage on the road, but the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) is not providing it,” he said.
According to ward councillors, the RMC doesn’t seem equipped to handle the 600 tonnes of garbage being generated every day by the city with a population of 11 lakh people.
Dr JK Mitra, an associate professor with the medicine department of the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, said indiscriminate littering of garbage in the monsoon can lead to several water-borne and mosquito-related diseases. “People living nearby such areas are vulnerable to diseases such as jaundice, typhoid, diarrhoea and malaria,” he said.
Ranchi deputy mayor Sanjeev Vijayvargiya admitted that garbage management has become a major concern in the city. Listing out the problems in this regard, he said: “Door-to-door waste collection has been paralysed, most of dustbins have disappeared, and sanitation works at streets and colonies have turned from bad to worse due to lack of manpower and resources.”
Hardly 200 of the 600 dustbins that were installed across the city still remain in place, Vijayvargiya added.
In July last year, the RMC had hired a Mumbai-based company called Essel Infraprojects Limited to collect and dispose of the garbage generated by the city every day. However, the entire process got delayed, and waste disposal issues continue to plague Ranchi.
Sources said October has been set as the fresh deadline for the company to begin work from zone 1 (ward 1 to ward 11) of the city.