Bhubaneswar: The week long special drive to clear construction and demolition waste from various places of the state capital by Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation saw the lifting of a massive 1500 tons of waste. The civic body has lifted the debris from public places and road sides ensuring safety and sanitation of the communities. This week long intensive awareness and cleaning drive on Construction and Demolition Waste started on the 13th of this month and ended today.
Teams of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation made daily coverage of ward level areas to conduct awareness, cleaning and enforcement drive. This intensive package involved Ward Officers, Sanitary Inspectors, Experts and Swachha Sathis of each area. Outreach activities conducted include dissemination of message in special tableaus, small group discussion in communities, messages in print and electronic media, discussion with violators and demonstration of placards.
According to Sanjay Kumar Singh, Commissioner, BMC, “The intensive drive conducted for a week has created sensitization among citizens. This has ultimately cleaned huge quantities of unclaimed debris put on public places and road sides promoting safety and sanitation for citizens in all wards. Instant complaints of citizens related to construction waste from different wards were also addressed during the drive”.
Adequate number of vehicles such as JCBs, Hywa, Tippers and Tractors were provided to each administrative zone of BMC to manage the lifting of debris. These vehicles lifted 294 trips of debris and 7 trips of construction materials during the special drive period. Enforcement team members of each administrative zone along with central enforcement team were engaged to support the drive and manage violators.
Waste lifting trips were unloaded at two deposit points at Patia and Kargil Basti. A total number of 54 notices issued and approximate fine of Rs.5.5 lakh collected from violators. The drive lead by Deputy Commissioner, Sanitation, was supported by Zonal Deputy Commissioners and the sanitation wing of BMC.