Can Swachh Bharat Mission see success in Bhubaneswar city?

Throwing garbage on the lanes is a day-long activity. For strange reasons, BMC has been displaying undue tolerance. Need of the hour is to identify some ugly spots where this habit is strong, fix CCTV cameras, capture images of people in flagrante delicto and initiate criminal action.

File Pic (Heaps of filth lining Lewis Road in Bhubaneswar as a Mo Bus crosses the stinking area)

The 'Swachh Bharat Mission' was launched by Government of India on the 2nd of October, 2014 with focus on having open defecation free (ODF) towns and scientific solid waste management in urban centres. However, Odisha's capital city Bhubaneswar continues to grapple with the problems, particularly the solid waste management.

The city generates approximately 520 tons of Municipal Solid Waste per day. Three private contractors in 57 wards and the Municipal Corporation directly in rest of the 10 wards, do the door-to-door garbage collection, street sweeping, Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) transportation, drain cleaning, drain de-silting, conservancy cleaning and bush cutting. These activities are done every day to ensure city’s cleanliness, and keep it garbage-free and hygienic. NGO assistance has been availed for motivating households to ensure segregation of solid wastes. Road sweeping is carried twice a day in commercial areas. Night sweeping of main roads is done through mechanical sweeping. MSW collected from various parts of the city is transported to Temporary Transfer Station (TTS)- an area of about 26 acres near Sainik School. Waste collected there is transported to the dump site – an area of over 61 acres- at Bhuasuni, where the wastes are dumped and levelled in layers. There is no operational solid waste treatment plant in Bhubaneswar as yet. Currently, 65 vehicles engaged in MSW management are being tracked and monitored under PPP mode.