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12:00 AM, September 17, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:43 AM, September 17, 2020

Living with a garbage-littered road

The huge quantities of garbage collected from Habiganj town is left in the open space on an important road, causing serious environment pollution and posing health hazard for the locals.

According to the municipality sources, the garbage is being dumped on both sides of the bypass road at the entrance of four important establishments in the east of Habiganj municipality- Brindaban Government College, Court building, Kibria Municipal Auditorium and Habiganj Modern Stadium.

The townspeople throw waste in and around the dustbin. As a result, the road is littered with the garbage, which is spreading bad odour around, causing serious trouble for locals.

Rimon Mia, a resident near Brindaban Government College in the town, said the bad smell penetrated the windows, leading to the difficult breathing but they have nothing to do with this. They cannot leave the house as they have to stay here.

Miraj Hosain, a cricketer of the stadium, said "I would like to draw the attention of the authorities concerned to remove the dustbin in front of our stadium. Over the pavement, there are hanging electrical wires. A flock of crows always remain sitting on the wires with the hope of collecting foods from the dustbin."

He added that thousands of people including school children, office going people and others have to walk along this pavement every day, but they often face an odd situation when the crows throw garbage.

Miraj also said that nobody passing by the dustbin dared to keep their noses open. Nobody is taking any step to shift it, he said.

Many journalists came here in the last two years to do report on the issue but nothing worked, said Mizan, 25, a tea vendor in the area.

"From my childhood, I have been seeing this dustbin, but it is yet to be removed," he said.

Chandana Rani Das, an honours third year student of Sreemangal Government College, said this has been a common scenario in the last several years. During the monsoon, the condition gets worse. The garbage mixed with rainwater stays scattered on roads, making those muddy.

Farhad Hossain Koli, general secretary of Habiganj District Krira Sangstha, said they are badly suffering due to serious pollution including bad odour. Elderly people often suffer from respiratory diseases due to the pollution.

Sports loving people of the district do not come to the stadium to watch games due to bad smells coming off from the dustbin, he added.

Tofazzel Sohel, general secretary of Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (Bapa) Habiganj unit, said they have already requested authorities concerned to clear the waste from the road. If the municipality authorities do not solve this problem within November, they will call strike.

Habiganj municipality Mayor Mizanur Rahman Mizan said they are trying to shift the dustbin to another place to ease people's sufferings. A dumping site will be constructed soon to remove the dirt from the bypass road.

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