The movement of sanitation workers is being regulated in the city due to the lockdown, said Dehradun’s chief municipal health officer Dr Kailash Joshi. He said that the locals should be cooperative and try to segregate their garbage at their homes.
For the past few weeks, the locals of several areas of the city have been complaining that garbage collection vehicles from the municipal corporation of Dehradun have stopped coming to pick up the garbage since the announcement of lockdown. Some even complained about the garbage dumping in their nearby locations. Talking about this, Dr Joshi said, "The garbage gathered in some areas is being picked up by the workers. The garbage collection vehicles of the corporation are also collecting garbage from the residences of locals. However, if the garbage collection vehicle is not arriving in an area, it is probably due to the restrictions of the police." He added that various areas where the COVID-19 patients were found are sealed by the administration, therefore the movement through such areas is not possible. "So far, we have not sent any sanitation workers in any sealed areas.
The locals will collect their own garbage within the colonies which will be picked up later by our sanitation workers," said Dr Joshi. He further added that the purpose of lockdown is to minimise the movement in the city therefore the movement of sanitation workers is also regulated in Dehradun. According to him, the locals should understand the gravity of the situation in the city and try to segregate the garbage at their homes or collect it for few days if the sanitation workers are not available in their area.
Reportedly, some of the sanitation workers are stuck in the sealed areas of the city and some have refused to enter the areas in the city sealed due to the COVID-19 without the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit. However, deputy municipal commissioner Rohitash Sharma said that all the necessary equipments are provided to the sanitation workers. “So far, no sanitation worker has approached us for any PPE kit, but if they will do, it will surely be considered by the MCD,” said Sharma.