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GMC fails to clear roadside waste

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 23 � The failure of the district administration and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) to make appropriate arrangements for the ongoing Ambubachi festival manifested in the form of large-scale dumping of waste � mostly leftover food and plastic glasses and plates � along a long stretch of the Dinesh Goswami Road (erstwhile AT Road).

As lakhs of devotees and visitors throng the Kamakhya atop the Nilachal Hills during the Ambubachi days, a large number of those stay and feed in makeshift accommodations by the roadside below.

There was hardly any dustbin over a stretch of two km from Maligaon to Bharalumukh whereas the situation warranted installation of dustbins at frequent intervals, especially near every spot where the visitors were staying and taking food.

The roadside presented an appalling picture, with leftovers and plastic glasses and plates strewn all over the roadside. Many people were seen eating on footpaths and even on the road-dividers, and then simply leaving the waste there. There was also a nauseating stench emanating from the waste.

�This is a horrible situation, and the administration and the GMC authorities are largely responsible for this. They were aware well in advance about the size of the crowd during Ambubachi and should have put in place adequate arrangements not just in and around the temple on the hill but also on the roadside below,� Hrishikesh Saikia, a local resident, said.

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GMC fails to clear roadside waste

GUWAHATI, June 23 � The failure of the district administration and the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) to make appropriate arrangements for the ongoing Ambubachi festival manifested in the form of large-scale dumping of waste � mostly leftover food and plastic glasses and plates � along a long stretch of the Dinesh Goswami Road (erstwhile AT Road).

As lakhs of devotees and visitors throng the Kamakhya atop the Nilachal Hills during the Ambubachi days, a large number of those stay and feed in makeshift accommodations by the roadside below.

There was hardly any dustbin over a stretch of two km from Maligaon to Bharalumukh whereas the situation warranted installation of dustbins at frequent intervals, especially near every spot where the visitors were staying and taking food.

The roadside presented an appalling picture, with leftovers and plastic glasses and plates strewn all over the roadside. Many people were seen eating on footpaths and even on the road-dividers, and then simply leaving the waste there. There was also a nauseating stench emanating from the waste.

�This is a horrible situation, and the administration and the GMC authorities are largely responsible for this. They were aware well in advance about the size of the crowd during Ambubachi and should have put in place adequate arrangements not just in and around the temple on the hill but also on the roadside below,� Hrishikesh Saikia, a local resident, said.

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