Okhla has many posh colonies but as you enter Jamia Nagar, a Muslim-dominated locality, you can see for yourself construction materials dumped all around; illegal shops occupying roads; illegal parking; mushrooming workshops and piled-up garbage on roadsides.
Moreover, at a time when the Delhi government has launched odd-even scheme with the sole purpose to clean city’s polluted air, the situation in Jamia Nagar is going from bad to worse as everybody is free to flout the law that bans dumping of construction materials on roads as the dust has been found to contribute to increasing air pollution.
“The situation is very depressing. Where ever you go you find construction materials dumped on roadsides. A few days ago I saw that how some residents have dumped asbestos at Abul Fazal Enclave. These dusts are not good for health and as wind blows it carries with it. And when we inhale the dust goes inside our lings damaging it. Rather than blaming the government and agencies it is our duty to make sure that dumping of construction material in the open should be avoided. Also, it is common to find people burning waste,” said Naseem Ur Rahman.
Another resident Fayaz Ali told OKHLATIMES that how everyday in the morning waste pickers burn large amount of garbage just a few meters from our house in Shaheen Bagh. “Despite our sever protests, the man continues to do this. It is stifling as the stink and gas from the waste burning wafts in the air choking our lung. This can only come to an end when the RWAs pick up the issue,” said Ali.