- Tarini Kumar Patra,Sahil singh,Rohan Kumar Panda,Sambit Prasad Parida
The Cause for Concern
Villagers of Daruthenga are unhappy with the dumping of green waste at Bhuasuni, the designated dumping yard of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation, on the city’s outskirts. Among the green waste getting dumped are branches of trees uprooted in Cyclone Fani. The dumping site has been swelling with waste and raising a stench. The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation transports around 200 truck-load of waste to Bhuasuni regularly. In 2018, some miscreants had burnt the waste leading to an environmental hazard.
People even had to spend their time in jails too. The mosquitoes have made it their hunting grounds leading to fatal diseases like malaria and dengue.
Children:- diseases due to the increased mosquito inhabitation
Neigbourhood:- drinking water contamination
Tourists:- bad impression regarding the city,decreasing preference for tourists,less revenue
Localites:- not ideal to take the rout due to the foul odour,requiring other routes to trvael,time consuming
The following is a summary of the interview with Mr. Prasant Routray, former sarpanch of Daruthenga.
Mr. Routray said the waste is getting soaked in rain water and emitting a foul smell."Besides,the dumping site is becoming a breeding ground of mosquitoes.We can't even take the road next to the yard.It is very unhealthy," Routray said.
Routray had spearheaded a movement against BMC’s waste dump and had been arrested by the police in 2016 for allegedly manhandling policemen and preventing waste transporting vehicles from entering the village area. With the stand-off between villagers and BMC authorities lasting several days, it led to garbage lying strewn on city roads.Routray said the village too has to deal with its own waste in the aftermath of Cyclone Fani. “Why should the bulk of city’s waste come to Bhuasuni all the time? We have been pressing for an alternate dumping site but nothing has been done yet,” he alleged.