Unbelievable: Bhopal’s famous park engulfed in fumes of ‘A-Swachh Bharat’
Bhopal: Cocking a snook at the Swachh Bharat campaign, a big garbage dump has come up adjacent to a historic park in Bhopal.
The scenario is shocking. Huge mounds of garbage visible on the landscape, often engulfed with smoke fumes.
This dump is in close vicinity of two major hospitals and a populated residential locality—posing grave risk to environment and human health.
From last three months, garbage collected by the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) is being dumped in the open ground adjacent to the historic Yadgar-e-Shahjehani Park in the heart of the capital city.
Activist Abdul Jabbar has written to the Bhopal municipal commissioner Chhavi Bharadwaj, urging her to make arrangements for the garbage dump to be shifted.
In his letter, Jabbar has said that huge amounts of garbage is being dumped in the ground and is regularly set afire, causing horrific stench and toxic smoke to engulf the entire area.
The ground is bang adjacent to one of the biggest and historic parks of the city maintained by BMC itself. The Yadgar-e-Shahjehani Park has many trees and live flora and attracts many citizens regularly.
The garbage dump is also in close proximity to the Sultania Zanana Hospital – the apex women’s hospital of the state and the Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital.
The 200-year-old Barkhedi locality is located just at a distance of 150 metres. Also the water filter station, the Dhobi Ghat (washermen’s spot) and the residences of the medical staff of the two hospitals are in vicinity.
Jabbar has said that the huge garbage dump is potential breeding centre for many diseases and the smoke emanating from there is very dangerous.
He said that earlier, a proposal to use the ground a garbage dump was made by the BMC, but was cancelled after objections. The municipal commissioner has been urged to take immediate action in the matter.