KARNATAKA

Garbage piles up in Mysore as workers go on strike

EYESORE: Garbage remained uncleared in Mysore as pourakarmikas launched an indefinite strike from Monday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

EYESORE: Garbage remained uncleared in Mysore as pourakarmikas launched an indefinite strike from Monday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM  

Staff Correspondent

Government has agreed to only two of our demands: union

All cleaning work has been suspended Garbage has remained uncleared in the Devaraja Market

MYSORE: Garbage is everywhere in Mysore as hundreds of pourakarmikas, including regularised workers and those hired on a contract, have struck work and launched an indefinite strike from midnight on Sunday in front of Mysore City Corporation (MCC). They are protesting against the apathy of the State Government and the corporation in meeting their demands.

Owing to the strike, uncleared garbage is lying in several residential areas, streets, city centres and markets, causing inconvenience to people.

The pourkarmikas who began the strike under the banner of the Karnataka State Corporation, Municipality Pourakarmikara Maha Union suspended all cleaning works including sweeping of streets and the premises of public places, markets, and the cleaning of underground and open drainages and transportation of garbage from localities.

Devaraja Market, the largest market for vegetables, fruits, flowers and coconuts, has been stinking, driving away customers as large quantities of waste collected there has not been cleared by civic workers.

Some shopkeepers at the market have even downed their shutters unable to bear the stench. There were complaints of overflowing sewage from choked drains.

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