JORABAT, Dec 3 - Even after repeated intimations and media focus to the issue of dumping of toxic wastes in the forest areas by the national highways, the process has been going on unhindered. The eco-tourism friendly roadsides in Dimoria are now being turned into garbage dumping sites by various quarters. Several spots along the roadsides at 13th Mile near Jorabat and between Jorabat and Sonapur, waste from various places both from within and outside the city are dumped. Consequently, the area where people from the city enjoy going for long rides, is gradually becoming filthy and unhygienic.
According to drivers of vehicles used in dumping the waste, among the usual places of origin of the waste are the SSB camps, Army camps and Assam Rifles camps.
Conscious residents of Dimoria say it is shameful that at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi dreams of Swachh Bharat and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi dreams of Nirmal Assam, 13th Mile, Dhantola Bosti, near Jorabat which is known for its greenery and freshness has been turned into a dumping ground for toxic waste, unhygienic waste material, rotten organic waste etc.
While expressing concern at the development, conscious residents of the area feel that the administration must take effective steps to stop the menace in order to prevent outbreak of dangerous diseases in epidemic form.
The Dimoria AASU unit too has warned that if no steps are taken by the administration to check the menace at the earliest, there could be outbreak of diseases in epidemic form. It has asked the Kamrup (M) administration to take remedial steps without further delay.