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An integrated municipal solid waste management system for Sambalpur city, which was accorded corporation status in 2014, has been proposed to be developed at Nildungri on the outskirts of the city. A 31-acre land has also been identified there for it.
Bimalendu Rai, commissioner of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC), said: “The civic body has already got the possession of the land. A consultant has also been entrusted with the task of preparing a detailed project report (DPR) of the proposed waste management system in Sambalpur.”
Officials of the consultancy firm had recently visited the proposed site for a survey. The DPR will be submitted to the government for approval, Rai added. Once it gets the government nod, the SMC will also apply for environment clearance.
Sambalpur city generates about 100 metric tonne of solid waste everyday. At present, garbage generated from Sambalpur is dumped in Durgapali. Prior to being upgraded into a corporation, Sambalpur Municipality would dump its garbage on a 26-acre stretch in Jamadarpali. However, villagers started opposing the dumping of the garbage there alleging that it was polluting the area. Subsequently, the SMC started dumping the garbage in Durgapali and was also in search of a suitable location to set up a solid waste management system for the city.
The Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) has decided to strictly enforce the trade licence rule in the corporation area.
A trade licence is mandatory to operate business in the corporation area. However, very few traders have obtained it in Sambalpur. To get the licence, a business establishment will have to cough up 1,000 a year to operate.
Trade licence fee is an additional source of revenue for the civic body, said deputy commissioner, SMC, Sudhansu Bhoi. Several development works could be undertaken with this fund, he said.
An official of the SMC said, more than 15,000 shops and commercial establishments are there under the SMC area. However, only 178 shops and business establishments have the valid trade licence.
In the first phase, the SMC has issued notice to around 300 traders, who do not have trade licence, to obtain it. “If they do not obtain the licence, action will be taken against them according to the law,” he added.
To obtain trade licence, a trader will have to provide the detail information about the shop to the SMC. “This will also help us keep a record of the shops and commercial establishments, which are operating in SMC area,” added Bhoi.
Sambalpur municipal corporation has planned to develop five new parks in the city. The State Government has sanctioned Rs.1.03 crore for this development.
Municipal Engineer of SMC Basanta Padhy said the parks are being developed at Gobindtola, in front of the office of Regional Transport Office (RTO) at Sambalpur, Sriram Vihar at Burla, near Jagannath Temple and Government ITI at Hirakud.
While the park at Gobindtola is being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.20 lakh over half an acre of land, the park in front of the office of RTO is being developed at an estimated cost of Rs.23 lakh over half an acre of land.
Similarly, the park at Burla is being developed at Rs.40 lakh over 1.5 acre of land while the park at Hirakud is being constructed at Rs.10 lakh over half an acre of land and the one near Government ITI will also be developed over half an acre of land at an estimated cost of Rs.10 lakh.
The SMC has planned to construct walking tracks, lawns, gardens and benches in the parks. Apart from this, playing equipment will also be installed for children.
Despite being upgraded into a city, Sambalpur lacks both entertainment and recreational spots. The few that exist are located far off and can not be ventured into on a daily basis.
Convenor of Progressive Sambalpur, Sanjit Mohanty said apart from the five parks, SMC should also work on development of the existing parks. Adequate lighting facility and security arrangement should be made in all the parks. If required, a token entry fee be charged so that there is a sense of responsibility among the people for the upkeep of the park, he added.
Even though the city is sinking under rising piles of garbage, the proposed Integrated Municipal Solid Waste Management (IMSWM) system for Greater Sambalpur is yet to take off.
The sanitation of the city devoid of IMSWM system can be gauged from the latest ranking of cities under Swachh Bharat Mission. Of 476 cites surveyed across the country on cleanliness parameters, Sambalpur stands at 467 position.
After struggling to find a suitable location to construct solid waste management plant, Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) had identified land measuring 30 acres at Basantpur here last year. The SMC had also sought Request for Qualification-cum-Request for Proposal (RFQ-cum-RFP) on January 9 this year for selection of the agency to run the system for Greater Sambalpur. The deadline of submission of the proposal was scheduled for February 23. But, there was no response from any bidder. Later, the SMC extended the deadline of submission twice but in vain.
The project was supposed to be developed on Design-Build-Finance-Operate-Transfer (DBFOT) basis on public private partnership (PPP) mode at an estimated cost of Rs 18.05 crore. The scope of the project includes collection of municipal solid waste (MSW) from households, commercial establishments and markets, transportation of waste to secondary collection points and then to the landfill site, development of processing plant and sanitary landfill at Basantpur. The Greater Sambalpur comprising Sambalpur, Burla and Hirakud generates about 100 tonnes of MSW per day.
At present, waste management has become a headache for the SMC which is disposing the garbage whimsically here and there due to lack of a dumping yard. The garbage of Burla is being dumped over five acres of land in Mahatabnagar while in Hirakud, it is disposed near Gandhinagar and Sadeipali.
The civic body was dumping garbage over 26 acres of land at Jamadarpali here from 2011. As the locals objected to it, the dumping was stopped in January last year. Since then, the municipality has been struggling to find a suitable land for disposal of garbage.
The SMC had decided to develop an IMSWM system at Jamadarpali. But, the project failed to take off due to protest by locals.
Deputy Commissioner of SMC Sudhansu Kumar Bhoi said efforts are underway to implement the solid waste management project. Fresh RFQ-cum-RFP will be issued after revision of the shortcomings, he added.
With Sambalpur city facing artificial flooding every year due to the clogged drains, the Sambalpur Municipal Corporation is working overtime to clean them before the monsoon arrives.
Deputy Commissioner of Sambalpur Municipal Corporation, Sudhansu Kumar Bhoi said cleaning of drains in three Wards has been completed and work is underway to desilt all the main drains of 41 Wards in the city.
“We are planning to hire an additional 100 sanitation workers to step up the cleaning of drains before it starts raining,” he said. The civic body had already de-silted all the drains in the city during the jaundice outbreak last year.
On the other hand, the Irrigation wing of Agriculture Department is cleaning the Dhobijoar nullah and Tengna nullah, which carry the sewage of the city. Desilting and cleaning of these two nullahs will ensure free flow of water into river Mahanadi.
The civic body is also installing 15 pumps at three locations of Balibandha, Binakhandi and Chandan Nagar in the city from where sewage and rain water is released into river Mahanadi.
Similarly, work on two pumping stations at Balibandha and Binakhandi is nearing completion. Work is being implemented by Odisha Construction Corporation Limited (OCCL) and 18 pumps will be installed at these two pumping stations to prevent water-logging.
Come monsoon, the low lying areas along Dhobijoar nullah and Tengna nullah that carry sewage and water from canal head of the Hirakud Command area, gets flooded.
The Dhobijoar nullah opens to Mahanadi at Balibandha and Binakhandi. Since water level of the river rises, the sluice gates which release water from the nullah are closed to prevent the backwaters of Mahanadi from flowing into the city. As a result of this, water in the nullah flows back into the city resulting in deluge.
The pumping stations proposed to be located along river Mahanadi will ensure that the flood water can be pumped into the river during monsoon. This will also solve water-logging problems in the low lying areas.
Once constructed, the pumping station will bring relief to the residents of Charbati, Mandlia, Chandan Nagar, Binakhandi, Balibandha, Govindtola, Bahalpada in Sakhipara, Hirakud Colony, Thakurpada, Housing Board Colony, Cheruapada, Mudipada and Kumbharpara besides other low lying areas of the city which have been bearing the brunt of artificial flooding.
The citizens of Sambalpur finally heaved a sign of relief as moderate rain on Wednesday brought temporary relief to parts of the district which was passing through a long spell of heat wave. The rain, accompanied by gale and thunderstorm, lashed the city for about half-an-hour. The strong wind damaged three huts and ripped off hoardings in the city. With dark clouds still hovering over the City, more rain is expected on Thursday too. The city reeled under 46 degree Celsius temperature for over a week forcing people to stay indoors and officer-goers left to their workplace early to escape the scorching heat. The nights were not cool either as hot winds and low voltage in some areas made life miserable.