After heavy rain on Saturday night and Sunday, garbage from Shimla has started raising a stink in the city. With five trucks loaded with Shimla’s garbage being parked near the garbage plant in Sector 25, residents of the nearby area and passersby are facing a harrowing time.
After Jaypee Associates Limited, which is running Chandigarh’s garbage processing plant, refused to accept the garbage from Shimla due to non-payment of tipping charges, the trucks have been parked near the plant for the past four days.
The condition worsened after the rain. Contractor Sukhwinder Singh said that the drivers of the vehicles were facing a tough time.
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“Where do we go now? The plant manager says that till the time he gets the tipping fee, the garbage won’t be unloaded. We are not even allowed to go back and due to rain, entire garbage is wet now,” said Sukhwinder.
Shimla Municipal Commissioner Pankaj Rai had got immediate approval of an advance payment of Rs 2 lakh in lieu of tipping charges so that their trucks are released.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Lakhwinder Singh, a truck driver, said, “It has been four days. We are staying in the trucks only. Our contractor is Chandigarh-based, so he gets meals for us. Due to water, the garbage is stinking and it gets difficult to sleep.”
“It has become difficult to move out because of the stink. Why aren’t the local authorities taking any action? Isn’t it a nuisance for Chandigarh residents that garbage-filled trucks have been here in the open for the last four days,” said Narinder Chaudhary, general secretary of Welfare Association of Dadumajra Colony.
Health officer of Shimla MC Dr Sonam Negi stated that despite serving a notice that there were orders of the NGT, the plant authorities were not unloading the garbage.
However, plant manager R D Sharma emphasised that the NGT had ordered them to pay tipping charges as well.
Mayor Arun Sood said, “I won’t allow the garbage plant authorities to get such a nuisance created in the city that garbage-filled trucks have been here for four days. Tomorrow itself I will take stock of the situation.”
district at the Dadumajra garbage processing plant. Since October 5, 60 tonnes of garbage had been coming to Chandigarh daily.