Sanitation continues to sink in the city

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Sanitation continues to sink in the city. The second day of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) contract employees’ strike on Sunday left the city stinking. 20,000 employees abandoned sanitation and garbage collection duties.

• 20,000 employees on strike • 7,600 tonnes of garbage left uncollected

The second day of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) contract employees’ strike on Sunday left the city stinking. 20,000 employees abandoned sanitation and garbage collection duties. Close to 7,600 tonnes of garbage remain unattended to, on the city roads. Members and leaders of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) staged a ‘rasta roko’ at Khairatabad X Roads to express their displeasure over the government’s inaction.

One of the members of the BMS said, “We are not doing this to cause inconvenience to the public. We are displaying our angst against the establishment.”

The unions are unanimously demanding a hike in salary for outsourced employees, from Rs 6,500 to Rs 12,500. For the last two days, all sanitation works like road sweeping, garbage collection, Anti-Larval Operations (ALO) and transportation have come to a standstill.

Close to 700 garbage vehicles remained stationary in the five parking yards of the corporation. The union members cordoned off the trucks at the yards. The worst affected are the vegetable and meat markets, as the waste generated at the site remains uncollected.

Mayor Mohammed Majid Hussain called for a meeting on Sunday with Somesh Kumar, Commissioner, GHMC, Additional Commissioners, Zonal Commissioners and other officials, to review the sanitary conditions of the city. On Saturday, the civic chief had devised a contingency plan, to ensure that the sanitation works in the city were not hampered. All the Deputy Commissioners were directed to ensure that there was at least one vehicle per ward to clear garbage on the streets.

All the Sanitary Field Assistants (SFA) were ordered to do justice to their duty and were warned of disciplinary action for non-compliance. The GHMC is also considering the implementation of the ESMA (Essential Services Management Act), in case the sanitary works were obstructed. The Mayor also appealed to all business establishments to not litter on the streets.

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