Open dumping of wastes creates public nuisance

Rashad Ahamad | Published: 00:19, Aug 21,2018 | Updated: 00:24, Aug 21,2018

 
 

Clockwise from top left, secondary transfer station of wastes under Gulistan flyover spreads odour; dustbin near a passenger shade causes inconvenience while wastes spill from the dustbins at Plassey, Curzon Hall, Wari and Moghbazar in the capital. — Sony Ramany and Sourav Lasker

Haphazard dumping of wastes on busy roads has become a major source of public nuisance in the capital, with the authorities concerned remaining nonchalant.
People in different city areas have alleged that the situation remained unchanged for years as the city corporations did nothing to address the crisis.
The wastes dumped openly often float into houses and business centres even after a light shower while these often block the drainage system.
Primary waste collectors of the capital’s two city corporations — Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation — said that there were over 600 spots on the busy roads across the capital where either the contract cleaners or residents dumped waste round the clock.
Bad odour from the garbage bins makes it difficult for people to pass by these spots.
There are such spots on DIT Road at Malibagh, on Shahid Sangbadik Selina Parvin Road at Moghbazar, on Mirpur Road at Kalabagan, on New Eskaton Road, on Motijheel Road, on Begum Rokeya Sarani at Agargaon, on Gulistan-Jatrabari road and others.
Ripon Miah, a local shopkeeper in the city’s Malibagh area, alleges that city corporation approved private waste collectors to dump waste on the busy DIT Road.
He said once people would dump wastes in a waste container kept there by the DSCC but for the last six days there was no container for which people dumped wastes on the busy road.
More than two thirds of the busy road remains covered by wastes, which has narrowed down the road for traffic.
In some areas, city corporations have set waste bins on the road, yet wastes are dumped mostly on the road as the bins were inadequate.
Dhaka South City Corporation chief waste management officer Air Commodore Md Zahid Hossain said that the issue would remain until waste bins were kept inside the secondary transfer stations, STS in short.
He, however, blamed people for throwing waste outside the bins, instead of inside.
‘19 STSs are in place and four others are under construction now,’ he claimed.
DSCC officials said they would need 35 more STSs in different locations.
During visit, New Age found the STS at Wari being used otherwise, keeping four garbage bins on the road.
Locals said the DSCC cleaners used the STS for storing recyclable items and sometimes as a resting
place.
Dhaka North City Corporation chief waste management officer Commodore MA Razzak said they had a plan to set at least 70 STSs while now there were only 52 STSs to keep 120 waste bins.

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