Garbage disposal has gone for a toss in the Hassan Nagar area, a cluster of small colonies that forms part of the Shivarampally Municipal division.
Overflowing bins are a rare sight in this area like other places as they hardly exist. Instead, the roadsides take the shape of garbage dumps in many colonies in the absence of adequate bins.
Inhabited by the working class, any systematic practice of collection and disposal of garbage is missing here and the result: hundreds of households facing the Mir Alam Lake dump huge quantities of garbage and household trash in the open land abutting the lake. The rubbish is periodically burnt leading to pollution in the area.
“The sweepers occasionally descend after 10 a.m. in the mornings in the interior lanes. Our children fall ill owing to such unhygienic conditions,” says Mahveen Begum, a housewife.
“Many families cannot afford to pay for the paid garbage collection service. Hence they dump the garbage at street corners and expect the authorities to clean up the place. But that does not happen and the garbage rots,” says Syed Minhaj, a local leader.
Worst hit are Rasheed Colony, Mahmood Nagar and the Jable Noor Colony, each street corner here sports a garbage dump and trash-littered lanes. The scene remains same even near places of worship.
Attracted by the dumps of garbage, stray dogs make their presence felt after dusk creating fear among the local residents. “Dog bite cases are not a new thing here. It is a regular affair,” says Mohd. Minhaj, a local resident.
Many dump garbage at street corners and expect authorities to clean up the place