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Silchar residents resort to technology to curb littering in public places

By Staff Correspondent
Silchar residents resort to technology to curb littering in public places

Silchar, Sept 29: On Wednesday, residents of, Moulabi Road, Netaji Lane and Shaheed Hitesh Biswas Road Development committee of Ambikapatty area of the second biggest urban sprawl in the state together with civic organization Nagarik Swartha Raksha Sangram Parishad were seen putting up a banner that read, " You are under CCTV surveillance."

When asked about what led to the step, residents claimed that disgusted with the assault by the stench of rotten garbage across the vicinity especially in the footpaths, they had to resort to technology to put an end to the unabated littering.

Many residents including Ashok Deb, Kamal Chakraborty, Aju Roy, Champak Dey, Chitrabhanu Bhowmik , Kaberi Choudhury, Ruma Dey, Sumita Sengupta were seen voicing their plea to the people around to follow the points and cooperate in keeping the surroundings clean.

"We were born in Silchar and had our basic education here with which we are growing as professionals in our respective areas of work. But when it comes to giving back to our beloved city, none of us seems to bother one bit. Our actions do not manifest our education because we are sick and tired of witnessing the filth and trash around us. The space along the footpath here and other spots across the beautiful town are being misused as dumping zones and the problem is worsening every day. Despite repeated appeals, trash and waste materials are found to be littering all across the neighbourhood causing the pedestrians and people at large immense difficulties. Hence, we have resorted to technology to monitor and detect the violators," said Haridas Dutta, a resident of Ambikapatty and general secretary of the civic organization.

Further, Dutta informed that people of the locality will monitor the surveillance and based on the identification of the violators who attempt to throw garbage would be approached initially with a request for rectification. If anyone disagrees to abide by the request, the District Administration would be asked to intervene accordingly.

"We have had discussions with the authorities of the Silchar Municipal Board on our move. We have put up contact numbers of the NGOs and SHGs who are assigned for door-to-door garbage collection. Also, leftovers of trees and other wastes would be picked up based on a call given to the appropriate agencies which have also been communicated to the residents. People of Moulabi Road, Netaji Lane and Shaheed Hitesh Biswas Road Development committee would monitor the CCTV and if anyone is found attempting to throw garbage on the street, especially the footpaths, the concerned person(s) would be requested not to repeat the actions further. If they disagree, we would be forced to seek help from the District Administration on imposing fines as per provisions of the law. We hope to see clean surroundings and a clean Silchar and believe that people will cooperate in this endeavour," he maintained.

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