GUWAHATI, Jan 14 � The failure of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) authorities to put in place a suitable municipal solid waste (MSW) garbage disposal mechanism has hit the city�s civic life hard.
While un-cleared garbage spilling over dustbins and littering large areas continues to be a common sight along many of the city roads and streets, the much-touted door-to-door garbage collection has come a cropper.
�The door-to-door collection of garbage provided a welcome relief even though it was never quite streamlined and remained irregular at times. But now it has stopped totally,� Dipali Sarma, a housewife of the city's Panjabari area said.
A direct fallout of its discontinuance has been the dumping of household garbage in vacant plots in residential areas, lending an ugly touch to the cityscape.
This, together with the filth and dirt emanating from un-cleared dustbins and their spillovers, is also posing a serious health hazard to the citizens.
About five months back, the Pollution Control Board, Assam (PCBA) took serious note of the pollution caused by heaps of garbage on roadsides and recommended certain measures to the GMC to streamline the garbage collection system by having more dustbins and increasing the frequency of the collection. Apparently, the PCBA recommendations fell on deaf ears - something testified to by the deplorable collection and disposal of municipal waste in the city.
A GMC official said that efforts were being directed to remove the municipal waste at frequent intervals and also to provide more dustbins. But the worsening scenario concerning garbage collection and disposal does not corroborate the government version.
The deplorable situation vis-a-vis municipal waste is not restricted to the main roads and thoroughfares, as a similar scenario can be seen in many of the lanes and by-lanes witnessing a deteriorating situation.
�The problem has two aspects - first, there are not enough dustbins in the area, and then the GMC does not remove the garbage for a long time, allowing it to rot and emit a foul smell,� a resident of a by-lane of Rukmini Nagar area near Dispur said.
With the rainy season on, the situation often beggars description during periods of water-logging in many of the city�s localities. The water carries the filth and waste from roadsides to all over, and when the water recedes, the entire road it littered with muck and grime.
While the GMC earlier used to cite manpower crunch and fund shortage as an alibi to hide its inefficiency, that can no longer be tenable with the Government putting enough funds at its disposal of late.
Citizens feel that the GMC needs to function in the manner expected of such an important government organization. �More than any other agency, the GMC is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the city�s health and hygiene. But its manner of functioning betrays an appalling lack of professionalism,� another resident said.