RMC facing uphill task at Kachna BSUP Colony

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Feb 2018 11:42:05

By Roshan Chachane

As if it wasn’t arduous enough to clean tons of garbage, unfriendly locals have further convoluted the cleaning of Kachna BSUP Colony for the Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC), rending it nearly impossible to fully comply with the National Green Tribunal (NGT) deadline. The BSUP Colony at Kachna is reeling under the unrelenting piles of rotting, stinking rubbish. The heaps have grown so much so that at some places they are just few feet from the windows of homes at first floor.

The problem for locals has grown beyond just putrid odour reeking out of the waste piles, which in itself is enough to ward off anyone; people are now facing serious health hazards. Condition doesn’t just worsen overnight, over a week or even a month, the colony face was facing negligence since 2012. The locality was unofficially ostracized as not an ounce of waste was cleaned or lifted from the area, but the dumping continued.

Despite the conditions going out of control, it largely remained out of media light up until an Environmentalist Nitin Singhvi filed a petition with the NGT and an order was issued by the Tribunal, asking RMC to clean the colony and submit a compliance report on the next date of hearing on February 7, 2018.

On contacted over the matter, Raipur Municipal Corporation (RMC) Commissioner Rajat Bansal clarified that they are trying to find permanent solution to the issue, which mainly persist between a back alleyways between the two buildings. The attitude of locals hasn’t been much congenial either. Sanitation workers even had to face extreme hostilities as once someone had poured boiling water on them. There is also no committee at the colony which could handle the inhospitable people and then there exist personal grudges between the communities.

Despite all these difficulties, RMC has assigned a special team of Sanitation Workers with the task to clean the area following the NGT order and garbage containers are also placed. The alley in question here is non-concretized, which is further adds up to the problem, so RMC has sent a proposal to the State Government for concretization of the alleyway. RMC is leaving no stone unturned to meet the deadline, yet without the cooperation of locals, complete cleaning of the area by the next hearing seems to be unreachable.