For the last three days, garbage has been strewn across roads in three south Delhi localities. In areas like Hauz Khas Enclave, Shahpurjat Village and Khirki Extension, garbage has been lying uncollected on the interior roads, while the main roads remain clean.
On Wednesday, workers of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), armed with spades and trolleys, began cleaning up the road in Hauz Khas Enclave. As part of the road was blocked by the garbage spilling over from the nearby dump, traffic crawled in a single file. One of the SDMC workers, Sanjay, said, “There is no safaikaramchari strike but the trucks, which collect garbage from here and take it to the landfill sites, have not come for three days”.
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The trucks, as well as the JCB machines which transfer the garbage from the dump to the truck, usually operate at night.
“If garbage is not collected, the road starts turning into a garbage dump till even traffic can’t ply on it anymore,” said Amit, another worker.
Sudeep, who runs a nearby tea-stall, said the stench of the uncollected garbage had permeated through the area.
“Nobody has come to clean it in three days… they said the trucks are not coming but this has started affecting my business, as the customers have been staying away due to the smell,” he said.
However, officials of the SDMC denied receiving any complaints from the area. “There is no safaikaramchari strike… we have paid our employees regularly and there has been no complaint from any of the zonal offices,” said an official of the SDMC.