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    Published On : Thu, Oct 29th, 2015

    Where have dustbins gone?

    NMC is sleeping over the problem

    Nagpur Dustbin
    With a view to systematically dump garbage the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) had installed dustbins in Civil Lines and other parts of the city just to facilitate the citzens, but unfortunately they are not at their places, for the thieves have taken them away. Now, in the place of those dustbins only iron angles are seen standing. As a result, the helpless citizens dump garbage on road-sides. What is surprising is that the NMC is hardly bothering about the problem.

    It may be recalled that the then NMC Commissioner T Chandrashekar in year 2002 had launched a drive for green and clean Nagpur. Under the drive, various roads in the posh areas of the city were widened and beautified with installation of about 4,000 dustbins all over the city. Such areas included Civil Lines, Dharampeth, RBI Chowk, Divisional Commissionerate, High Court area, LIC Chowk and so on. The NMC zonal officials and employees were made responsible to look after the dustbins. But, as lethargy grew in the NMC, no one took care of dustbins, and they were left to the thieves.

    Thieves eyed dustbins
    The thieves removed dustbins from their places and started selling them out. As thieves have no morale, the dustbins are missing from Meetha Neem Dargah area too. When dustbins from High Court areas were missing, the then Dharampeth zonal official Ramteke in year 2007 had filed complaints with Sadar and Ambazari police stations. The police also tried to trap the thieves, but could not succeed. At the same time, 70 rusted dustbins out of 260 from Prabhag No. 6, Dharampeth Zone, were removed, and attempts were made to repair those dustbins, but it could not be possible.

    Nagpur Dustbin1
    Present situation

    The dustbins installed in various parts of the city, under its special drive to ensure cleanliness of the city, are hanging to their posts (angles), but in a shabby condition. Many of them are broken and tattered from inside, and some of them have become part of the garbage dumped in and around them. In the areas like High Court, Railway Magistrate Residence, Police Headquarters and Collector Residence, only iron angles are seen standing where once dustbins were installed. Certain dustbins in Udyog Bhavan, Nag Bhavan and C P Club areas are used for burning the garbage dumped in them.

    Citizen are now demanding re-installation of dustbins and other means of garbage dumping/ collection.

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