Residents of several cooperative group housing societies in Mayur Vihar Phase 1, Mayur Vihar Phase 1 Extension and Vasundhara Enclave are living a nightmare, as shortage of garbage lifters and disposal trucks with the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has left the entire area stinking.
The garbage collection centres in the area, a few of which lie in the vicinity of the residential apartments, are not cleaned for days together. The decaying garbage lets off an unbearable stench, and residents are being forced to live in unhygienic conditions.
Anil Mehra, vice-president of Parwana Apartments, said, “We are fed up with this attitude of the civic authority.” The lethargic approach of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi continues even after the National Green Tribunal’s directive. In June 2015, the NGT directed the civic body to "ensure that no garbage is left on the roads, as it is bound to cause serious health hazards and adverse environmental impacts".
City Spidey decided to find out exactly how many garbage lifters and trucks have been allocated to the area. Councillor Sandhya Verma’s answer: 180 garbage collectors are working in the Mayur Vihar Extension area. She added, “The area needs at least 300 garbage lifters and 20 trucks for cleaning every day. I have only five trucks for loading garbage from more than 50 garbage collection centres here.”
Ummed Singh, joint secretary of United India Apartments Group Housing Society, pointing towards a garbage centre close to the apartments, said, “We have requested the MCD to shift this centre from here, as it is posing serious health hazards for us.”