After the unfortunate collapse of the Ghazipur landfill, the management of garbage has been the flavour of discussions in Dwarka.Though the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has been working to improve the garbage management system of the sub city, Dwarkaites are not too happy with the approach.
Several RWAs and social groups who have been discussing this subject in meetings and social media platforms are of the opinion that the goals of SDMC are like a distant dream now as there is no change at the ground level.
Anurag Bahl, a resident of Sector 7 and coordinator of the RWA Welfare Group, said, “I do not see any change in the system at all. Whenever the ground level work is done well the workers lack in basic facilities. Conversely when the basic facilities are in place the ground level work is ineffective. In our sector small vehicles, which can collect and dispose garbage are missing. It is true that the ground level staff of the corporation clears the garbage from the dumping sites. However, collection of garbage from the societies is not effective at all.”
Talking to City Spidey, residents say that the dhalaos are mismanaged too and garbage is not segregated in the green and blue rooms. People also say that the garbage dumping spots along the roads and on the roads are also making the area filthy.
Joint Secretary of Dwarka Forum and a resident of Beverley Park Apartments, Sector 22, Anoop Rohera said, “The system of garbage management is pathetic in Dwarka. There is a need to change it and make it effective by adopting composting techniques and segregation. Piles of garbage can be seen in the sub city despite several initiatives and efforts by SDMC to make it garbage free.”
Rohera further suggested, “Dwarka needs to learn from the Ghazipur incident. If 400 societies in Dwarka decide to compost garbage, we reduce about 70 to 80 per cent of the existing burden on landfills.
The Dwarka Forum had demonstrated techniques on composting in various societies. Societies have to come forward and take the responsibility without waiting for the government. After all, this is our waste which is impacting the whole eco-system.”