Odisha’s tourist spot on Hirakud Reservoir’s right embankment turns plastic dump – The New Indian Express

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By Express press service

SAMBALPUR: The plastic pollution strewn all over the right embankment area of ​​the Hirakud Dam has been an eye sore in addition to posing a threat to the environment and health. The place, home to migratory birds during winters, is frequented by people from all over Sambalpur district and neighboring Chhattisgarh as a popular tourist destination. Two water sports facilities along with others like a houseboat and a floating restaurant have led to an increase in tourist traffic in the area. However, while visitors are dumping single-use plastics in the area, vendors operating on-site are also not dumping their leftovers in bins.

Lack of enforcement by the Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) has led to this state of disorder, locals allege. Sources said a civic corps law enforcement team, deployed near the Jhankrani temple, monitors picnic groups and penalizes offenders for littering plastic waste. But the team is only active on site in winter, when picnickers flock there.

Sambalpur Collector Ananya Das said, “Usually, time clearing is done at the end of every season in the right dyke area as the crowd there has increased considerably. But we have witnessed this time that apart from the picnic season, high attendance is also recorded there during the rainy season when the gates of the Hirakud dam are open.

It is also now a peak period. We have taken the problem into account and are developing plans to contain the threat. We will complement the cleanliness campaign with rigorous application campaigns. SMC’s Enforcement Officer Subhankar Mohanty said, ‘We will be monitoring the accumulation of banned plastic there,’ he said.

SAMBALPUR: The plastic pollution strewn all over the right embankment area of ​​the Hirakud Dam has been an eye sore in addition to posing a threat to the environment and health. The place, home to migratory birds during winters, is frequented by people from all over Sambalpur district and neighboring Chhattisgarh as a popular tourist destination. Two water sports facilities along with others like a houseboat and a floating restaurant have led to an increase in tourist traffic in the area. However, while visitors are dumping single-use plastics in the area, vendors operating on-site are also not dumping their leftovers in bins. Lack of enforcement by the Sambalpur Municipal Corporation (SMC) has led to this state of disorder, locals allege. Sources said a civic corps law enforcement team, deployed near the Jhankrani temple, monitors picnic groups and penalizes offenders for littering plastic waste. But the team is only active on site in winter, when picnickers flock there. Sambalpur Collector Ananya Das said, “Usually, time clearing is done at the end of every season in the right dyke area as the crowd there has increased considerably. But we have witnessed this time that apart from the picnic season, high attendance is also recorded there during the rainy season when the gates of the Hirakud dam are open. It is also now a peak period. We have taken the problem into account and are developing plans to stop the threat. We will complement the cleanliness campaign with rigorous application campaigns. SMC’s Enforcement Officer Subhankar Mohanty said, ‘We will be monitoring the accumulation of banned plastic there,’ he said.

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