Paradip, June 14 (LocalWire): With monsoon just a few days away, residents in the port city of Odisha are a worried lot as they prepare to face water logging due to blocked drains, underground sewerage lines, and canals.
According to experts indiscriminate dumping of plastic by shop keepers, residents in colonies and slums have chocked all water outlets in the city and the problem has acquired alarming proportions, both at the main drainage in the port town and Taladanda canal from Paradip entrance gate to Atharbanki.
The port city has several drainage systems in Badapadia that are connected to the river creek near Madhuban.
Besides, there are small drains crisscrossing the city and the Taladanada canal which flows through it.
Locals allege that the drainage system, including the canals, continues to be clogged due to indiscriminate dumping of plastic, particularly carry bags and plastic bottles.
They also hold a large number of roadside eateries, petty shops, commercial complexes, restaurants, and hotels in the city responsible for the mess.
Hundreds of shops, including hotels, fruits and vegetable vendors, flower shops, meat and fish shops, garage, and other such outlets have flourished along the Taladanada canal dumping plastic bags and wastage into the canal choking the sewage and effluents being discharged.
Expressing his concern over the situation, the International Human Rights Council (IHRC) president Satya Prakash Mohanty explained that the wastewater from the major drain flows through the port area to reach the creeks and sea.
“Drains in port city and slum areas if neglected and not cleaned can result in flooding of roads, and homes.
Lack of proper disposal of garbage, particularly plastic carry bags, bottles, and cups, is frequently leading to flooding of roads during the rainy season,” Mohanty said adding that Paradip Port Trust and Paradip Municipality should ensure frequent cleaning of the drains to prevent the plastic wastes and garbage from clogging the drains.”
Unfortunately, senior officials at Paradip Municipality are also finding it difficult to come up with a permanent solution to the problem.
“Despite frequent efforts to create awareness against dumping of wastage, there is no improvement in the situation,” said its executive officer Dillip Kumar Mohanty.
He pointed out that the municipality had taken up a comprehensive drainage cleaning drive to remove garbage from the drains and sewerage lines.