Garbage disposal continues to be a major problem in the colonies around the Shaheennagar area in old city due to absence of proper mechanism for garbage clearance and disposal. Huge mounds of garbage lie dumped in most of the colonies here.
A pungent smell greets a visitor to the numerous colonies that form the Shaheennagar area. In fact the road sides and street corners convert into garbage dumping spots in many colonies. “It is one of the oldest and a major problem, not much is being done to address it,” Mohd. Kashif, a local resident complains.
According to the local people, hardly do the authorities collect the garbage from the houses or even remove the garbage dumped around on the road sides and street corners. In order to get rid of the unhygienic conditions the local people set the garbage on fire.
“People residing here are poor and cannot afford hiring vehicles to clear it. Hence prefer to clear the garbage by setting it on fire,” reveals Shaik Ahmed, a petty trader in Shaheennagar.
The problem is not restricted to Shaheennagar alone. The surroundings colonies like Sadatnagar, Errakunta also face a similar problems. In fact, a large portion of the road at Errakunta has a permanent pile of garbage.
“It is reduced only when people set in on fire. Authorities have never bothered to clear it despite the fact that it is an approach road the Hyderabad International Airport,” says a local shopkeeper.