Dwarka residents are blaming the municipal corporation's poor waste management for the appalling sanitation standards of the sub-city.
"There is garbage scattered all over the place and most dustbins in Dwarka are overflowing with waste," said Anjana Sinha, a social activist and resident of Dwarkadheesh Apartments, Sector 12. "The fact that the dustbins and the garbage dumps are placed near bus stands, society gates and market entrances make life even more tough for us. The situation is worsening. It is high time the corporation took some steps to address the problem."
Several residents said that South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) officials were not serious about the matter.
"They are simply not bothered," said Advocate KS Bhati, president of both FORWAS (Federation of RWAs of Sector 9) and Ganpati Apartments managing committee. "Now, with the councillor elections approaching, all the corporation staff is busy with it. Till that gets over, I don't think they will lift a finger to address the sanitation problem."
Social organisations, NGOs and RWAs have left no stone unturned to raise the issue time and again. They are of the opinion that residents and corporation staff should work hand in hand to conquer the problem at hand.
"We have been carrying out several cleaning campaigns to help with the situation," said Cicily Kodiyan, president of ANHLGT (Association of Neighbourhood Ladies Get-together) and a resident of Sheetal Vihar Apartments, Sector 23. "I feel the officials are not focussing on the problem."