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Port Blair
18 Aug 2018

Filth, garbage greets people at Mohanpura
Achieving a 'Swachh Bharat' may to be on top of the Narendra Modi government, but the commercial hub of the city here is anything but clean. Exposing the callous approach of residents, shopkeepers and street vendors towards the ongoing cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat Mission, heaps of garbage was found discarded near the Truck Stand at Mohanpura on Friday. Located at a stone throw away distance from the civic headquarters, the foul-smelling garbage was found giving a harrowing time to road users in the region. “The civic body has probably failed to inculcate good practices among shopkeepers, vendors and residents in Mohanpura. Hundreds of people from different parts of South Andaman visit Mohanpura for various works on a daily basis and carry back images of filth and garbage. Apart from ensuring timely disposal of garbage from different parts of the city, the civic body should conduct surprise checks to track down people violating the swachhta laws,” said a resident of Mohanpura.

More potholes in city fixed
With monsoon rains subsiding to some extent in the past few days, the Andaman Public Works Department and Municipal Council carried out pothole fixing works in different parts of the city on Friday. The agencies deployed men and materials in different parts of the city to fix pot-holes on the road stretches causing inconvenience to motorists in the city. On Friday, this Correspondent found workers mending road at School Line near Anand Paradise Cineplex. “Our team is working round the clock to fix potholes across roads in the city at every available opportunity. With wet mix, road roller and asphalt, we will ensure that the craters don’t surface again,” said an APWD worker.