Daruthenga Dumping Yard Turns Battle Field

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29 July 2016

Dipty Prava Panda

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Bhubaneswar: The protest by the villagers that continued on Friday against dumping of garbage in the earmarked dumping yard of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) at the Bhuasuni Mouza of Daruthenga village on the outskirts of the capital city here turned ugly as the agitators resorted to pelting of stones at the deployed police force and the cops in retaliation lobbed tear gas and lathicharged to disperse the unruly mob.

The palpable tension among the agitated locals on Friday witnessed stone-pelting at the deployed police personnel compelling the cops to start lobbing tear gas and later resorting to lathicharge in order to maintain law and order.

As per reports, some police personnel as well as some agitators have been injured in the clash and hospitalized.

Like Thursday, trucks full of garbage also dumped at the Daruthenga yard on Friday in the presence of BMC Commissioner Kishan Kumar, Bhubaneswar DCP Satyabrata Bhoi and Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) officials.

It was opposed by the locals who staged road blockade by burning tyres and tree branches.

Notably, the BMC in the wee hours of Wednesday-Thursday intervening night allegedly started dumping garbage deploying 20 platoons of police force amid the stiff opposition of the villagers since Wednesday following which hundreds of villagers gathered at the spot to protest against dumping of waste materials in the area.

Villagers of Daruthenga and policemen had also a face off on Thursday. However, 106 truckloads of garbage were dumped at the site in the presence of 20 platoons of police force.

Amid high security, Khurda Collector, Police Commissioner and BMC Commissioner were present and supervised the dumping operation undertaken while about 25 villagers were rounded up and 4 others were injured in the police lathicharge.

Daruthenga villagers are demanding immediate shifting of the garbage dumping yard from the village alleging it is creating pollution and an unhygienic environment in the village.

Need to be mentioned that Odisha Government at a high-level meeting chaired by the Chief Secretary on July 19 had decided to relocate the disputed garbage dumping yard from Bhuasuni in Daruthenga panchayat to Tulsadeipur.

It had been said then that it would be relocated within a month while the proposed waste treatment plant would be set up in Bhuasuni in accordance with the Orissa High Court order of 2008.

BMC Commissioner Kishan Kumar in his reactions on the development today told media, “All should know that the Central Government has already notified a new rule on Solid Waste Management to all urban local bodies in April 2016 and also the Central and State Pollution Boards have issued notices in this regard for setting up of the mandatory solid waste treatment plant. Four such treatment plants are to be set up”.

He also assured that once the treatment plant here starts operating, all the dumped garbage will be exhausted in three years and it has already been decided at the government level to turn the dumping yard into a park and tourist place in future.

“So keeping in view the need and the future problems, all should cooperate,” the BMC Commissioner exhorted.

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Ananta Narayan Jena, Mayor, BMC

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Kishan Kumar, Commissioner, BMC

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Prasanta Routray, Sarpanch, Daruthenga

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Manju Behera, Victim of Police Lathicharge

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Dinabandhu Ranasingh, Victim of Police Action