Garbage collectors agree to end four-day protest

MC panel seeks 15 days’ time,says matter pending in High Court

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 4, 2012 1:59 am

MC panel seeks 15 days’ time,says matter pending in High Court

The garbage collectors on Thursday agreed to end their protest after deliberations with the members of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation. The members sought 15 days’ time for finding solutions to their grievances and claimed since the matter was pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court,no decision could be taken by them.

The garbage collectors have been sitting on protest outside the office of the Municipal Corporation for the past four days. They are against the pilot project for garbage collection launched in Sector 22. Under the project,the Municipal Corporation has hired a contractor who has employed collectors. Garbage is collected and taken directly to the dumping ground or the garbage processing plant. Earlier,it was being collected and taken to the Sehaj Safai Kendras.

Following the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court,the pilot project was launched. Since it was proposed that the project would be implemented in other sectors as well,the collectors went on strike. They are alleging that the contractors are paying less than what they are earning at present.

In deliberations that went on till late at night,the members of the committee assured the garbage collectors that the problems being faced in the pilot project would be presented before the High Court.

The protest by the garbage collectors was creating problems for the residents. With garbage not being lifted in some areas,the residents were a harassed lot. The protest was also causing problems in traffic movement in Sector 17. The garbage collectors had reportedly threatened that if their demands were not considered,they would not allow garbage trolleys to enter the garbage processing plant.

A discussion was held on a proposal that garbage could be collected from the V-6 roads by the collectors and deposited in trolleys on the V-5 roads. The committee members said once the High Court gave some directions,further deliberations would be held on the issue.

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