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Garbage collection hit in many parts of city

LEFT UNCLEARED: A pile of garbage lies uncleared on Avenue Road in Bangalore on Monday as many pourakarmikas could not go to work because of the bandh. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash

LEFT UNCLEARED: A pile of garbage lies uncleared on Avenue Road in Bangalore on Monday as many pourakarmikas could not go to work because of the bandh. Photo: K. Bhagya Prakash  

Staff Reporter

Pourakarmikas to work overtime today to clear waste

BANGALORE: The bandh brought cleaning activities in the city to a halt on Monday. Garbage collection and transportation was severely hit, as pourakarmikas and garbage lorry drivers could not turn up for duty.

According to the private garbage contractors, 90 per cent of Sunday's garbage in the health wards in the jurisdiction of Yeshwanthpur, Malleswaram, Rajajinagar, Sanjaynagar, Chamarajpet, Jayanagar, Ejipura, Jayamahal, Lingarajpuram and Gandhinagar areas could not be lifted.

"With the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses and other modes of transport off the roads today, most of the workers employed by us could not attend work. We could not do anything, as the workers have to come from various parts of the city. While some of the contract workers (who stay close to their places of work) actually managed to reach, most of the workers on regular rolls with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) could not come," general secretary of the Bangalore Mahanagara Swachate Lorry Maalikara Mattu Guttigedarara Sangha S. Balasubramaniam said.

As a result, residents of Vijaynagar, Govindrajnagar, Amarjyothinagar, Rajajinagar, Viveknagar, Seshadripuram, Jayamahal, Gurapannapalya, Ejipura and several other areas had to bear with heaps of garbage that had piled up onthe roads.

Parts of areas such as Jagjeevanramnagar, Binnypet, Shantinagar, Kamalanagar, Seshadripuram, Ulsoor and Indiranagar were not affected much because pourakarmikas' colonies are situated in the slums located close to these areas, Mr. Balasubramanian said.

BMP Deputy Commissioner (Health) Manu P. Baligar said that cleaning was affected in most of the areas. Appreciating that some workers did manage to turn up, Mr. Baligar said the wages of those who did not attend work during such emergency situations would not be deducted.

The private contractors would also be asked not to deduct the wages of their workers, he said.

On their part, the private contractors are ready to take up extra work on Tuesday to clear the accumulated waste. "Our workers will work overtime on Tuesday to ensure that the garbage is cleared," Nagendra, a supervisor working for private contractors said.

Over 350 lorries are deployed to transport the city's daily garbage of 2,200 tonnes. Over 11,000 workers, including 6,300 contract pourakarmikas, are employed to keep the city clean.

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