East Delhi RWAs meet Manish Sisodia about garbage situation
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East Delhi RWAs meet Manish Sisodia about garbage situation

The January 9 meeting gave the RWAs assurance that something would be done — but what?

East Delhi RWAs meet Manish Sisodia about garbage situation

For East Delhi, things have gone from bad to worse, with garbage heaping up on the streets over the past five days. The RWAs met with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia at his office in Delhi Secretariat on January 9 about the issue.

During the meeting, RWAs urged the minister to take immediate action to end the strike by sanitation staff. Sisodia assured them that things would improve soon, but didn’t explain how.

City Spidey spoke to the RWAs about the meeting’s outcome.

RB Arora, a member of a Patparganj RWA, said, “He said the government would soon come up with a solution, but did not explain what action he was planning to take.”

GB Bali, a member a Laxmi Nagar RWA, said, “I showed him several photographs of the areas where garbage has been piling up for the past five days. Laxmi Nagar market has turned into a garbage dump! If the situation continues for a few more days, residents will be forced to take their protest to the streets.”

BS Vohra, who heads the RWA federation of East Delhi, said, “The government has released Rs 119 crore for the salaries of sanitation staff. The pending amount will be released only after EDMC shares details of its number of employees, their salaries and total funds collected from different sources. We discussed the issue for quite some time but returned only with an assurance.”

Hours after the meeting, Sisodia tweeted, "Delhi government, through the PWD, can remove garbage if the RWAs come forward to help."

When City Spidey asked the RWAs for their reactions to the tweet, they said they failed to understand what kind of help was expected from them. “Our problem is garbage piling up on the streets and colonies. It needs to be removed immediately. Who does it — the PWD, the MCD or any other body — is not our problem,” said JP Sharma, secretary of CGHS federation, Vansundhara Enclave.