Garbage situation in city still precarious

Special Correspondent
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Unhygienic:The overflowing garbage bin at Madannapet on Monday.-PHOTO: G. RAMAKRISHNA
Unhygienic:The overflowing garbage bin at Madannapet on Monday.-PHOTO: G. RAMAKRISHNA

The GHMC managed to keep the main roads free of overflowing garbage bins by Monday morning despite sanitation workers taking a Sunday off with teams getting busy from early hours. But, with the contract staff opting to take a half-day on account of ‘Mahasivaratri', the work got disrupted even as private workers were engaged.

Complaints also began to pour in about filled-up garbage bins in the interiors, especially within the vicinity of temples. With devotes thronging temples from dawn and many likely to be open past midnight, the garbage overflow was conspicuous, forcing Mayor Majid Hussain himself to go on an inspection late in the night.

Accompanied by senior officials of health and sanitation, Mr. Hussain went around the transport yard at Malakpet and some of the localities and saw for himself the state of affairs on account of the workers' ‘holiday'.

Meanwhile, senior officials say that close to 5,000 tonnes of accumulated municipal solid waste has been mopped up and moved to the transfer stations or the Jawaharnagar dump yard from Sunday itself. There would be another backlog of 1,500-2000 tonnes of garbage which would be moved out in the course of the next two days once the normal shifts begin.

The capital generates about 4,000 tonnes of solid waste everyday. More than 200 personnel are hired for the job and 100 ten tonners are pressed into service along with 20 excavators to collect the garbage and transport it. Officials are confident of solving the contentious issues with the workers unions in the next few days so that the garbage clean-up is not affected.

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