Pradeep Pattanayak

The logjam over Bhuasuni dumping yard at Daruthenga still continues as the village meeting over the dumping yard held in Daruthenga Panchayat yesterday yielded no outcome. 

In order to decide the fate of the contentious dumping yard, another meeting is scheduled to be held today.  

The tussle between the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the residents of Daruthenga area has been going on for more than a year. A few days ago, a youth was killed after being knocked down by a garbage-laden vehicle. 

Exasperated at this, the irked villagers stopped the garbage-carrying vehicles from going to the dumping yard. The vehicles are still not being allowed, resulting in the dumping yard near Sainik School resembling a hill of garbage. 

The BMC has asked for time from the villagers to find a way out to solve the problem, but the villagers have refused to oblige. 

Given the present situation, all eyes are now set on the outcome of today’s meeting. 

Notably, a meeting was held at the BMC conference hall on August 27 to end the impasse. BMC Mayor Sulochana Das, MLA Suresh Routray Bhubaneswar DCP Prateek Singh, Darutengha Sarpanch Tapan Kumar Chakraborty, all corporators and senior officials had attended the meeting. But the meeting had ended with no positive results.

However, after the meeting, Mayor Das had said that the impasse would end soon.