The twin cities are in for a long-drawn stench with the GHMC sanitation staff stating that they would decide on Thursday morning whether to continue their strike or not. More than 4,000 tonnes of garbage has piled up at different places ever since the workers went on a flash strike since Tuesday afternoon when their union leader was arrested by the police at the head office.
Hectic parleys by the city Ministers – Danam Nagender and Mukesh Goud -- on Wednesday evening with the union leaders failed as they refused to relent. Efforts made by Commissioner M.T. Krishna Babu and other officials from Tuesday evening did not bear fruit forcing the Ministers to rush to the municipal office. Consultations with the floor leaders of all the political parties too did not yield any result.
3 transfer stations
The capital generates about 4,000 tonnes of garbage daily and most of it is collected from households to be moved to the three transfer stations, Imliban, Lower Tank Bund and Yousuguda. From these transfer stations, the garbage is transported to the dumping site at Jawaharnagar. If garbage is not transported even for a single day the pile-up would only compound the problem hugely as it would take more than a couple of days to reach normalcy, say senior officials. Along with the sanitation staff, drivers too have stopped work. The result is that not only the 500-odd vehicles carrying the municipal waste but other personal vehicles being used by senior officials too have come to a grinding halt for more than 24 hours.