East Delhi: Is that rot in the streets, or a rot in the system?

By Praveen Dwivedi
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Posted: Jun 27, 2017

Should East Delhi residents just get used to the sight of rotting garbage on their roads? They way things are, they have to! The agitation of sanitation workers over non-payment of salaries has entered its fifth day.   

The dhalaos [garbage receptacles], busy marketplaces and even residential colonies are filling up with garbage — unattended, left to rot for days on end!   

Protests by East Delhi sanitation workers have become pretty much routine, and the past few years have witnessed many such strikes, mostly over non-payment of salaries. And every time, East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has cited its financial crunch.   

The conflict between the AAP-led Delhi government and BJP-controlled MCD has turned this financial fracas into a political war, but how long are the residents going to pay?

City Spidey was informed that RWAs had made several complaints to EDMC and their respective area councillors to have garbage removed from colony roads.

Giriraj Pandey, a resident of Vasundhara Enclave, said, “Residents are panicking, particularly with the rains starting. We are already facing highly humid conditions from last week, and this stinking garbage has made matters worse. Our lives will become hell if the rains come calling now.”

Things have come to such a pass that even the space between two parked cars on the roadsides has filled up with garbage!   

VS Vohra, president of East Delhi RWA joint forum, said, “I contacted EDMC Mayor Neema Bhagat and apprised her of the situation. Instead of providing a solution, she blamed the Delhi government. Now we are planning to meet Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. We are paying taxes and yet we are being made to suffer — why?”  



TAGS: East Delhi / Residents / East Delhi Municipal Corporation / EDMC / AAP / BJP / MCD / Sanitation Workers / Salaries