Staff Correspondent

Civic work comes to a halt in Chitradurga

Strike by civic staff enters fourth day

Residents of some areas engage workers to clear garbage

Chitradurga: The strike launched by the City Municipal Corporation (CMC) staff has virtually brought all the civic works to a standstill.

As the strike entered the fourth day on Thursday, civic problems in the city are rising rapidly. The recent rain which lashed the city has added its share into the problems.

Following the non-cleaning of drainages, several areas of the city are facing immense problem as filth in the areas is overflowing. Many drains have fully chocked owing to accumulation of garbage which has became cause of concern. “ We are finding it difficult to stay inside the house by keeping the windows open. The stink of the open drain is unbearable”, said K. Mrudula, a resident of JCR Extension.

She is more concerned about the health of her children. “We fear of our children getting affected by diseases such as malaria due to filth which flowing right outside our house since three days,” she said. People of a few localities were said have paid money to some private workers to clean the locality.

Shopkeepers near Shankar cinema are also in distress. The drainage is overflowing in the area. While shopkeepers are facing difficulty in doing business, pedestrians are having uphill task in crossing the filth-filled roads. The situation of Santhe Honda market area is no different. The garbage is seen all over the area since the market has not been cleaned since four days.

Apprehensions of break out of epidemic are raised if the cleaning process is not started early.

Meanwhile, the employees of CMC are firm on their demands and there are no signs of them withdrawing the agitation. “We do not know what their demands are, but in the interest of people, the Government should take some action immediately before it is too late,” said Maheshwarayya, a retired teacher.

Intensified

Hassan Staff Correspondent reports: With the talks between civic employees association members and Government having failed, the civic staff in Hassan have decided to intensify their agitation. President of the District Civic Employees’ Association Krishna Murthy said that the association had decided to intensify its agitation.

Mr. Murthy said that supply of drinking water was likely to be affected from Saturday as about 100 people working in drinking water distribution would join the agitation.

Though the dharna had no effect in Hassan as drinking water supply is normal, garbage is piling up on all streets.

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