Defying Dialysis, BMC Engineer On Job For Post-Fani Reconstruction Work

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Bhubaneswar: Subash Chandra Jena has lived up to his profession of engineering. putting his health at stake, he is busy doing what he knows best, building and rebuilding the city that he loves.

Assistant executive engineer with Division II of the Engineering Wing of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Jena ignored his post-dialysis pain and joined the BMC team, worked tirelessly to rebuild the ravaged state capital after the severe cyclonic storm Fani hit it on May 3.

He is among a group of engineers under 13 sector officials who are on the job to revive the heartbroken state capital.

A patient with kidney ailment since December, 2018, Jena is on dialysis for two days in a week, i.e. Monday and Friday. He spends over three to four hours in the dialysis unit at a city-based hospital.

Despite his medical condition, he continued his duty from 6 am after his dialysis to ensure that the operations of tree cutting, road clearing, green garbage lifting, municipal solid waste lifting and over all coordination with the other line departments goes on smoothly.

The sector officer for Smart City District comprising Ward No. 30, 34 and 41 Saroj Kumar Swain, said, “Engineer Jena was assigned responsibilities in Ward No. 30 and 34, which he shouldered with dedication and sincerity. Despite having a dialysis session on two days in the evening hours, he continued to be on duty the next morning. I am happy that we could get a person like him in the post-cyclone reconstruction phase.”

It can be mentioned here that the civic body had deployed a massive force of officials, engineers, vehicles and hired vehicles for the restoration work after the cyclonic. In association with Public Works Department, NDRF, Odisha Fire Service, ODRAF, OFDC, Water Resources, Energy, Revenue and Disaster Mitigation, Housing and Urban Development and Commissionerate Police, more than 2,000 trips of garbage lifting were made in a day with deployment of over 700 vehicles and 3,000 work force.

Engineer Jena said, “We are still on the job as the lifting of green garbage. I am proud that I got such a nice team to work with and also, our work means so much for the people of this beautiful city.’’