As polls near,govt lends urgency to waste disposal in city

Three years ago,a sewer line was laid in Khera village in the Seemapuri legislative assembly seat in east Delhi

Written by Aniruddha Ghosal | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2013 1:28 am

Three years ago,a sewer line was laid in Khera village in the Seemapuri legislative assembly seat in east Delhi. But for the past three years,the line hasn’t been connected to the main sewer pipeline and,as a result,the village’s entire waste has been collecting and rotting in this line. The civic authorities said the work would be done by December. But the Delhi Legislative Assembly’s Committee on Environment found the response unacceptable and passed an order on August 27 that the work be finished before September.

With assembly elections round the corner,the government is showing a sudden urgency to ensure good sanitation and hygiene standards in the city,especially in the underdeveloped areas. The committee on environment underscored its objective: to quickly work on issues pertinent to the ‘aam aadmi’,especially those pertaining to waste disposal.

But this is only one instance. The committee hit out at the various agencies in Delhi — PWD,MCD,DDA and the Irrigation department — criticising them for their failure to effectively deal with the management of waste.

“All the time there is some repair work going on; the debris from the repair work is left behind for days after the work has been completed. Garbage dumps overflow with waste and they don’t get cleared in time in spite of garbage pickup trucks being available,” the committee said.

In Narela,where the MLA is Congress’ Jaswant Singh,over 40 per cent of toilet blocks were found to be not functioning while two treatments plants were also shut. The committee ordered speedy repair of these while stressing that the toilet blocks be repaired not just in Narela but across Delhi. “Toilet blocks must be kept clean. If they are in need of repair,that must be looked into,” the committee said.

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