The residents of Ajitsingh Nagar and Vambay Colony, led by the CPI (M), blocked movement of garbage vehicles on Pipula Road in the city on Thursday. They stopped tens of garbage vehicles that were going to the transfer station at the Excel Plant and staged a dharna against dumping of garbage.

Staging a dharna on the road, the residents alleged that the corporation has not responded to their pleas against dumping garbage in their locality.

Dumping of garbage in a residential area was in gross violation of the norms spelt out by the Supreme Court, he said.

Despite a series of protests to highlight the gravity of the situation, the authorities concerned had done precious little to mitigate the woes, they alleged.

In charge Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) Ratnavali and other officials arrived at the spot and tried to convince the protestors on issue. The people blocked movement of her vehicle demanding an assurance. The CMOH alternative measures were being taken and the garbage dumping would be stopped after October 1 onwards, she assured.

Launching a broadside against the officials, CPI(M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao said that that it was a shame that the city which has a population of 11 lakh could not develop a dumping yard. The Corporation could not find a suitable place though funds were sanctioned for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) management.

The officials were not serious in finding a permanent solution to the problem. Instead of whiling away some more time in inaction, it was time the VMC put in place concrete measures to address the issue, he said.

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