Swachhta Mission goes down the drain at Dugnabad

Report by: 
ROOPA LALL
Port Blair
17 Apr 2017

Despite tall claims made by the civic body regarding cleanliness, heaps of  garbage at a location in Dugnabad, Ward no. 5  has become an eyesore for residents. The lackadaisical attitude of the authorities concerned and residents seems to be the reason behind unhygienic surroundings as the area has been reduced to a breeding ground for mosquitoes and flies
According to reports, the garbage pile-up near a house at Dugnabad has remained unattended for the past several months giving a harrowing time to residents nearby. A flaw in construction of a footpath which lacks railing on both sides has added to the woes of the residents here. “While the government is focusing on cleanliness drive, the Municipal Councillor of Dugnabad appears to be least bothered on sanitation. Open dumping of filth and lack of timely disposal by the sanitary workers posted here is clear testament of the agency’s inertia towards implementing the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan,” said a senior citizen of the Dugnabad.
“The garbage dump here has remained unattended for the past many months. Garbage of all sorts has choked the nearby drain forcing rain water to gush into our houses. The footpath has also become dangerous for pedestrian due to a construction fault and lack of railings. Many have suffered fatal falls in the past. Very recently, a pregnant woman narrowly escaped an accident while traversing on the footpath. Repeated requests to the Ward Councillor for remedial action have proved futile”, he added.
When contacted, Ward Councilor, S Selvi held the residents responsible for the insanitary conditions in the area. “We’ve time and again requested the residents to discard garbage at designated places where dustbins are located. But the residents have paid no heed to the requests. To achieve total sanitation, cooperation of the general public is imperative and I again request the people of my ward to throw garbage only at the dustbins. The garbage pile-up will be removed by tomorrow,” she assured. On the issue of footpath, Selvi said that owing to shortage of funds, the Municipal Council is unable to take up the work of providing railings at both sides of the footpath.