Heaps of garbage lying along Press Enclave Marg, near Saket, put a question mark on South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s (SDMC) cleanliness drive. Apart from residents of Saket, Malviya Nagar and Khirki Extension, thousands of commuters use this stretch daily to reach Saket district court and the hospitals and malls in the vicinity.
Though there were bins at some places, garbage can be seen strewn around them. The stench from the bins is unbearable. “Garbage can be seen outside the hospitals. The heaps of garbage have covered the left lane of the road, thus reducing the road width and creating a bottle neck. The situation is worse for pedestrians who have to either wade through garbage or risk their lives by walking on the busy stretch,” said a commuter.
Residents said the problem intensifies during monsoon as water mixes with the garbage and flows on the road, emanating a foul smell. The garbage littered here is primarily household waste. Anita Dogra, a resident, said, “I cross this road almost every day as I work nearby and the stretch stinks. I have to cover my face.”
A sanitation worker sitting near a dumpyard claimed that SDMC’s workers come to collect garbage every day. However, he said that as the gate of the concrete structure is too small, the machine engaged by SDMC to pick garbage can’t enter it. Thus garbage keeps piling here and gets scattered outside.
Mahesh, another resident, said, “Garbage has been collecting here for a week now. This has also added to our traffic woes.”
Residents complain that taking advantage of the civic agency’s apathy, many people have also started dumping construction waste here. “What adds to the nuisance is that many people also urinate here,” said Dogra.
A senior official of SDMC’s sanitation department said, “This is an important stretch, connecting hospitals, Saket Court and malls. We try to keep it clean and make sure garbage is picked on a regular basis. However, the waste picking system was affected a few days ago due to some fault in the machines at the waste management site. We will soon fix the problem.”