CUTTACK: Solid waste management, one of the major civic problems of the millennium city, seems set for a huge boost with plans mooted for setting up a common facility for proper handling and treatment of the waste generated in the Twin City of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack.

The discharge of municipal sewage, industrial effluents and biomedical waste into the Mahanadi has raised concerns about environmental sustainability and also posed a serious threat to the health of people living on the banks. This article critically examines the river pollution caused by the spiralling urbanisation and industrialisation along with dumping of waste by many medical facilities. There is an urgent need to address this enormous challenge which is a direct outcome of inefficient planning and management.