After the high-octane drama between the EDMC (East Delhi Municipal Corporation) and the Delhi government over collection of garbage in East Delhi, residents can finally heave a sigh of relief, thanks to the National Green Tribunal.
On January 12, acting on a plea by a group of RWAs, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) directed the state government to clear the unpaid salaries of sanitation workers immediately. It also directed the EDMC to clear all dhalaos (waste receptacles) in residential colonies in the next two days.
“The public is suffering due to the tussle between the government and the corporation. Salaries of employees should be paid on time. Let everybody wake up now, enough is enough,” the NGT said.
City Spidey learnt that a section of sanitation workers has resumed work. The corporation’s waste dumpers were seen collecting garbage from households from January 12.
In the past two years, East Delhi’s sanitation employees have gone on strike five times over non-payment of salaries.
RP Arora, a member of East Delhi RWA federation, said, “Before reaching out to the NGT, we had spoken to the corporation and held a meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. But nothing came of it. Thank god we have a judicial system in place, and the media too! At least the residents were heard.”
However, the political drama by BJP councillors continues.
Nearly 120 BJP councillors from all three municipal corporations were detained by Delhi police early on the morning of January 13 for protesting outside the chief minister’s residence.