Jagatsinghpur, August 6 (LocalWire): More than 40,000 residents of 21 wards under Jagatsinghpur municipality live without a solid wastage management plant as garbage and waste piles up in the open, creating health hazards.
The municipality’s efforts to set up a material recovery facility and micro-composting centres instead of the proposed solid waste treatment plant have been thwarted by negligence on the part of the administration by delaying land allocation.
The development work has also been affected due to non-recovery of more than Rs 50 lakh from the people through holding tax.
As per Orissa High Court’s directives, it is mandatory for municipalities to install waste treatment plants in accordance with the municipal solid wastes (Management and Handling) Rules, 2000 but Jagatsinghpur municipality has not adhered to this mandatory provision.
Recently, a two km-stretch of Machgaon sub-canal from Dusnumber to Purohitpur, has turned into a garbage dumping ground.
Clogged drains and accumulated waste have turned it into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
While the residents suffer, the municipal authorities remain mute spectators.
The administration had decided to set up a solid waste treatment plant at Kantaballavpur at a cost of Rs 20 lakh to take care of the town’s bio-degradable waste.
But the villagers agitated and protested against setting up the plant in their locality.
Former councillor of Ward No 1, Rabi Das, said ‘the villagers of Kantapada, Jankoti, Badabag, Markandpur, Kantballavpur and other villages protested the construction of the boundary wall for solid waste management plant on five acres of land in Kantnaballavpur village as it would cause environmental pollution ,’
Due to stiff resistance of villagers, the administration decided to set up the material recovery facility centre, which aims at scientific collection, storage and disposal of dry waste and micro composting centre, aiming to process only organic wasteat the cost of Rs 15 lakhs.
But due to delay in land allocation, negligence and callous attitude of the administration, construction of these two centers have also not started.
Measures to maintain sanitation and hygiene remain a far cry as heaps of garbage and waste remain dumped in different areas.
On other hand, out of seven tax collectors, the posts of four are lying vacant affecting the collection of holding tax.
Majority of the 6630 holders have not paid their holding tax.
Frequent water logging in residential areas and roads have become a permanent plight for residents due to poor sewerage.
Condition of the main road passing through the headquarters town has worsened due to water logging.
The executive officer of Jagatsinghpur Municipality, Baladev Behera, confessed ‘revenue department has provided 2.7 acres land at Sipi which has waterlogging problems and as a result the construction work of MRF has not yet started.
We have also served notice to defaulters to pay their holding tax which has accrued to more than Rs 50 lakh’.