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Trans-Yamuna region battles garbage pile-up
With the strike of sanitation workers of East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) entering sixth day on Wednesday, serious garbage disposal and health crisis has arisen in trans-Yamuna region of the national Capital. The workers, despite assurance and repeated meeting with EDMC officials were adamant on their demands, threatening to halt sanitation services for days to come if their dues were not paid to them.
The agitated staff, in order to speed up their protest, dumped heaps of garbage at the office of Delhi Legislative Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel's office and in other locations resulting in huge traffic chaos.
On the other hand EDMC officials claimed that all unions have ended the agitation and helped dispose off 3206.475 metric tonne garbage piled up due to week-long disruption in civic services.
Sanjay Gehlot, president of Delhi Mazdoor Vikas Sanyukta Morcha, claimed that 'Municipal Corporation of Doctors' Association (MCDA)', East Delhi branch of Swami Dayanand Hospital has extended their support on Wednesday and will take part in protest from Thursday.
"I have heard that EDMC officials are claiming that a section of sanitation workers have called off the strike. To protest this irresponsible behaviour we will surround the civic centre headquarters on Thursday. We will not tolerate any attempt to fail the strike. It has been two-three months that the workers have not received their salaries and other dues. Despite repeated requests, our demands have gone unheard. Hence, we have staged a protest here. We will decide future course of action if our demands are not met. Although agencies claim to have released salaries but no money has been credited to our accounts," said Sanjay Gehlot.
Earlier in the day, thousands of agitated workers took out a protest march from Jhilmil and other area to draw attention to their demands. The protest march threw traffic out of gear in an around the area.
Protests by sanitation workers in different parts of East Delhi also created chaos on the roads as garbage was dumped by protesters on their way. The demonstrators claimed to intensify their protests by targeting offices and residences of councillors, MLAs and other stakeholders in coming days.
"We do not want people to suffer. Thousands of people are suffering due to our strike which has been forced on us due to lack of any permanent solution to the issue of payment of salaries and other dues in time hence the need of the hour is that all the stakeholders must arrive at a solution instead of indulging in politics over the issue.
The strike will only intensify in the coming days if they fail to meet our demands," said the irked sanitation workers.
Areas like Vinod Nagar, Patparganj, Shahdara, Geeta Colony, Khajuri, Bhajanpura and Laxmi Nagar were stinking as only garbage piles could be seen on the roads.
Moreover, places like EDMC's headquarters and all zonal offices faced similar situations. "It is difficult to even pass by these roads. The roads are stinking that we fear we might catch some infection due to the presence of garbage," said Naveen Sharma, a resident living in Mandawli area.
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