As per an HT report on March 23, 2017, at least 9,100 tonnes of garbage is shipped out of homes, shops, malls, schools, hospitals and markets to the 2,500 community bins, daily. Of these, East corporation generates 2,200 tonnes, North 3,800 while South civic body daily has to remove 3,100 tonnes of garbage.
This scenario of Delhi has upset its citizens in the past and continues to do so. Many areas of East Delhi, for example, have tonnes of garbage dumped on the road, unattended to, by the civic authorities, leaving behind a stench which only the residents in the area have to bear. They are left with no choice either when the civic authority workers go a strike raising their stand over non-payment of salary issue. The tussle between the civic authority management and its workers had failed to give any real solution over the matter of piles of garbage collected in the area.
As per the present garbage clearance system in the city, out of the 9,500 tonnes of garbage generated per day, about 8,000 is further collected and deposited in Bhalswa, Okhla, and Ghazipur- the three landfill sites. These are just official estimates; however, a bulk of waste management is done by the informal sector, the casual rag pickers on the streets of Delhi, thus leaving behind tonnes of waste which is not systematically processed on a daily basis.
This is just one part of the Municipal work picture in Delhi. Consider, what happens when it rains in Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore, for example. The roads and the whole city area is a filthy site, leaving no scope of maneuvering while driving. Rains in Mumbai are notorious for its reputation for turning into death traps since there is no sewage system which can drain the water when it rains heavily in the city.
On the contrary, when it comes to the issue of regular water supply in the metros, there are many everyday issues in the urban cities as well. Many private societies have their own private connection while the situation in DDA housing societies, in Delhi for example, get worst as the residents are left at the mercy of MCD to give them a regular supply of water. Which at best is most irregular.
So, is there a solution in sight?
The MCD workers, who are on-duty to clean the gated residential societies, must be strictly dealt with. The RWA members of each society must keep a regular watch on them, and if they fail to report or maintain hygiene in the society, a complaint should be sent via email to the MCD office. MCD should also install green or red plastic bins in every society for effective garbage management.
Further, if piles of garbage are noted outside any society, then, MCD should penalise their workers and even the RWA body for failing to report so to the concerned authorities. The society members should equally respond and action on the mess, by reporting it to higher authorities in time, so that the work channelizes through an effective system, where all the concerned stakeholders are held responsible for the failure of the system.
Only by taking more personal responsibility for driving the system, can the society members and the MCD workers make an on-ground difference? If society members are not making effective use of the garbage bins, then, it is the responsibility of the authorities to keep a tab on them and make the offense punishable. Similarly, if the municipal corporation is not clearing the dump, then society members must raise their voice in-time as they are entitled to a healthy and hygiene living. Only by making a conscious effort can the societies be made green and fresh for a living.
Pooja Bhatia is a property news enthusiast, who likes staying updated on business and corporate news, lifestyle at home, home interior elements, location insights and rest of the information, to make living better. She is also an avid traveler (a blogger on holidays) and an avid reader and a part of this real-time information, she converts into real estate enthusiasm.