For the last three days AFE residents don’t know what to do with their rubbish. The garbage collectors are not turning up at their doorsteps after the local authorities stopped them from dumping rubbish in the locality. Besides, the authorities have also announced that people found throwing rubbish in the area will be fined Rs 2,000. Locals living in front of the garbage dumping ground opposite the Milli Model School and other areas have welcomed the decision. Actually, the garbage was being placed on the road. This had created a lot of problem to the passersby. Half of the road at Hari Kothi and other places were covered by garbage. This had led to some accidents also in the area. Most of the time cows were seen rummaging in the area for waste foods.
A local Md Nasim says: “It is a good development. The whole area was ruined as people and garbage collectors started dumping waste on the road. The area stinks because of the garbage. For weeks the rubbish used to be left there and it had become the ground of breeding diseases.”
Many in the locality agree with Nasim. They say we should work together to keep the area clean. Everybody is happy in the locality. But the big question is: Where will the piled-up garbage be dumped?
The biggest challenge for the local authorities is to address this burning issue. The locals say the officials should have informed us in advance. Fadia Khanum, stay-at-home mother, tells Okhla Times: “This is good news for the locality. But before taking the decision the government should have found an alternative garbage dumping ground. We want the authorities and local leaders to address the issue on priority basis.”
This is not for the first time that such an order has been issued. However, after a few days people started dumping waste at old places. This problem can only be solved when the government finds an alternative dumping ground, according to a local. Garbage dumping is an important issue in the area. Is the government serious this time?