The Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) in east Delhi have raised a complaint over the growing piles of garbage on the streets, as a strike by the municipal safai karamcharis entered it eighth day on Wednesday.
B.S Vohra, president of the East Delhi RWA’s Joint Front, said: “The garbage from homes is being collected by people we have privately employed, but the streets are not being sweeped, which is leading to big piles of garbage everywhere. Diseases will spread because of this.”
Safai karamchari unions have been protesting over delayed payment of wages and the roll-back of hiked minimum wage announced by the Delhi government.
Sanjay Ghelot, president of the MCD Swachhata Karamchari Union, which is leading the strike, said: “We have met the Mayor twice till now but have only received assurances. We will not end the strike till we see some real results.”
Nirmal Jain, Leader of the House of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), said: “We are urging the union to give up their strike... the EDMC is in a poor financial situation, we need funds from the Delhi government to be able to meet their demands.”
The EDMC also filed a police complaint against Mr. Ghelot and other office-bearers of the union on Tuesday for having allegedly threatened corporation officials. Mr. Ghelot has refuted the allegations.
A civic body official said: “We need the help of the people. Garbage is still being collected from the dumps. If people throw their garbage at the designated spots instead of on the roads, the strike can be broken.”