Bhubaneswar, Nov 6: Dwellers of Dhirkuti Sahi slum resorted to protest on Sunday opposing dumping of grabage in the graveyard adjoining to the Temporary Transit Centre (TTC) near Sainik School.
The slum dwellers unrooted the fence that was erected to cover the graveyard and returned back the JCB engaged in buring the garbage. Later, they gave a memorandumj to North Bhubaneswar MLA Susant Dash and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) mayor Sulochana Das to stop garbage dumping immediately.
Around 50,000 residents from the nearby slums tribal villages are depending on the graveyard for around five decades. Recently, the administration has started construction of boundary wall of the grabeyard. However, the BMC has been dumping garbage in the field late at night for the last few days, said Dhirkuti Sahi Slum Development Committee president Sanjay Mallick.
Notably, the TTC near Sainik School has become a major concern of people in the surrounding area that is rising with the pile of dump.
The stench from the garbage hill has made the life of locals miserable with many complaining health issues.
The students of Sainik School and Central School are suffering the most. Though the two school authorities have informed the BMC in this regard, the civic body has turned deaf ear to their plea.
Residents of Mancheswar, VSS Nagar, Shahid Nagar, Acharya Vihar, Damana, Chandrasekharpur, and Rangamatia areas are suffocating in the foul smell of garbage.
The situation here turned acute after BMC stopped transporting waste from the site to Bhuasuni dumping yard in Daruthenga.
The civic body used to transport 400 trucks of garbage from the TTC which has been stopped for the last four months turning the mini dumping yard into a garbage hill.