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Broom crisis sweeps Delhi, MCD says rubbish

If your colony and streets haven’t been swept clean in the last few days, there's a bizarre reason behind it. The MCD, it seems, is fresh out of brooms.

delhi Updated: May 29, 2011 01:33 IST
Neelam Pandey

If your colony and streets haven’t been swept clean in the last few days, there's a bizarre reason behind it. The MCD, it seems, is fresh out of brooms.

The civic body's sanitation workers claim they have not received this year's supply of brooms and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's stores simply don't have any.

Resident welfare associations, too, have complained to the MCD, which has rubbished the charge. "There might have been problems in a few zones but the situation is under control," said Yogender Chandolia, chairman of MCD's standing committee.

"We are being forced to buy our own brooms and not all of us can afford them.

A 1kg broom costs Rs 300 and we need at least a 2kg broom," said safai karamchari spokesperson Maluk Chand Bainiwal. Pointing to a scam, he said: "The MCD makes the usual purchase but the staff sell it."

In south Delhi, trade unions have been demonstrating against this shortage since May 18.

"The back-lanes of our colonies haven't been swept for 20 days," said Ramesh Sharma, RWA member from East of Kailash.

"The MCD assured us there wouldn't be a shortage but the situation remains grim," said Anoop Rohera of Dwarka's RWA forum.

Delhi generates over 9,000 metric tonnes of garbage a day and the MCD's 54,300 sanitation workers need 60,000 brooms every three months to keep the city clean. Each of these workers, on an average, covers a 60,000 sq ft area every day.