Locals Oppose Jharsuguda Municipality’s Garbage Treatment Plant

Jharsuguda: Residents of Ward-16 of the Jharsuguda Municipality vehemently opposed the construction of a garbage treatment plant in their area. The local residents alleged that the unit would pollute the entire ward which is situated in the centre of the town and is densely populated with schools, temple and a public park.

“A large number of families are living here for the past several years. The area will be polluted if the unit is set up here. We will be forced to leave the area. We request the administration to shift the project elsewhere,” said Aswini Kumar Tripathy, a native of Jharsuguda.

The locals also alleged that the officials of the civic body did not hold any discussions with them about the project and if the unit is not relocated, they will launch protests.

“Such projects should be set up 20-40 km away from the township or in the forest. However, the administration is setting it up in the residential area. This would cause air and noise pollution,” said Dhruvraj Bag.

Jharsuguda Collector Saroj Kumar Samal, on the other hand, claimed that there is no reason to worry for any kind of pollution due to the project as modern technologies are being used. “The project is one of a kind. People should not be worried about it,” he said.