Bhopal: BMC sanitation drive goes for a toss during curfew

Roads lying in a state of disrepair, nullahs are also choked. BMC teams are busy issuing challans for not wearing masks.

Staff ReporterUpdated: Friday, June 18, 2021, 01:20 AM IST
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BHOPAL: The sanitation drive of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has been hit during the curfew. Not only are the roads lying in a state of disrepair, but the nullahs are also choked. Besides, the water bodies are getting filthier.

The civic body teams, instead of these duties, are now working on entirely different assignments, such as issuing challans for not wearing masks or not maintaining social distancing at the shops and in the markets and managing health camps in every zone.

Now, nullah cleaning and road maintenance work will be done only when the rains are over. Till then, the residents will have to manage on ill-managed and ill-sanitised stretches.

The civic body officials have now begun preparations to tackle the imminent floods; they are also busy in felling of trees after an incident where a tree toppled on a shop and two persons were killed. Maintenance of roads, cleaning of nullahs and similar tasks have been hit.

During the corona curfew, the civic body focussed only on sweeping of roads and shifted their focus from filthy water bodies and potholed roads. This is one of the reasons why the situation of rainwater-logging was witnessed in Kolar during the recent showers. On the other hand, water bodiesóincluding Motia Lake, Lendiya Lake, Munshi Hussain Khan Lake, Lower Lake and other small lakes are becoming filthier by the day. The cleanliness survey includes marks for these lakes, as well.

As BMC vehicles could not reach a few colonies due to the barricaded roads until even a few days ago, regular sweeping and garbage collection have also been affected during the corona curfew. At the time, the BMC staff was busy with some other assignments and, now, they are working for maintaining social distancing at shops and in the markets. The other members of the staff are engaged at the zone-level health camps, where hardly 2-3 persons visit a day. On Thursday, 92 persons visited the 38 health camps of BMC.

BMC officials, however, claim that their staff worked at cleaning the city even during the curfew.

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