Koraput, Sep 5
Garbage piling up on the roads and overflowing drains paint a sorry state of sanitation at Jeypore town in Koraput district.
Though the municipality privatized the sanitation service a year ago, there has been no change in the town’s civic condition.
Jeypore town with over 1 lakh population has drains stretching around 206.98 km. Following criticism for lack of cleanliness, the municipality entrusted the sanitation work to Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) Bhubaneswar, in May 2012 on a monthly payment of Rs 12.39 lakh, sources said.
Crores of rupees have gone down the drain in the name of improving civic facilities and development, residents alleged. During monsoon, many residential colonies remain inundated and roads turn waterways due to poor drainage system. “We have been complaining about the poor drainage system, but in vain. The problem aggravates during rains as water enters houses due to heavy flooding on the streets,” said Ananta Panda, a New Street resident.
Local residents attributed the failure in cleaning the mess to loopholes in the privatisation system. “The SISSO has not employed the required 200 sweepers. A handful of persons are instead being shuttled in all the 28 wards in the town.
“Money is simply siphoned off,” alleged former Koraput MLA Tara Prasad Bahinipati. “The whole town has turned into a dumping yard with chocked drains breeding mosquitoes,” he said.
Bahinipati also raised questions on the quality of work being undertaken. “Most roads in the town have developed cracks and potholes within six months of being renovated. A major portion of the town has no street lights. As a result, people feel unsafe after dusk,” he said.
The Congress leader expressed confidence that Jeypore residents would give a befitting reply to BJD for its misdeeds in the urban body elections scheduled for September 19.
“We are hopeful of winning 18 to 22 wards and will form the council,” he added. (PTI)