Garbage stink rises in city as civic workers step up protest
The sanitation workers yet again on Tuesday dumped garbage on the city roads to highlight their demands, including timely payment of monthly salaries. The strike continued for the fifth consecutive day. The protesters, in order to mark their protest, also halted traffic movements in some areas threatening to organise a massive dharna at the LG House on November 6.
They also claimed to mute festivities in the coming days if their demands were not met with. According to reports, Delhi will see over 6,000 tonne of garbage per day if the protest continues.
“We are throwing waste on the streets as a way of protest and to attract attention of the government authorities towards our demands of timely payment of salaries and other things,” Akhil Bharatiya Safai Mazdoor Congress president Rajendra Mewati said.
The Delhi government and a section of sanitation workers on Sunday claimed that the strike by the workers of the MCDs had ended. However, despite an announcement of calling off their three-day strike, majority of the workers did not resume work on Monday, worsening conditions in areas under East, South and North Delhi Municipal Corporations.
The workers said the BJP should look into the problems of the sanitation workers and asked the DDA to release the pending money to MCD.
On Tuesday, the safai karamcharis of the EDMC protested outside the Shahdara (South) Zone office and left garbage piling on the streets. Heaps of refuse were also seen in areas like Patparganj and on the streets of Shastri Park. Traffic movements were also affected in Laxmi Nagar, Geeta Colony, Nand Nagri, Patparganj, etc by workers. In North, protests were seen in Karol Bagh, City and other zones. In South, Najafgarh and other areas too, witnessed garbage dumping. “We have been verbally assured of fulfillment of our demands but we want written assurance. We have also decided to take the matter to the top authorities and to protest in front of the LG House next month,” said Mewati.
Following the crisis, a blamegame between major political parties has also begun. The AAP-led Delhi government had said that the Corporations should collect taxes due on the government agencies. They also held the BJP-led Central government responsible for the poor situation of the civic agencies.