MCD workers strike spills over to Delhi roads, hits morning traffic

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 04, 2016 13:15 IST
The ongoing MCD workers strike took a toll on traffic movement in the Capital, especially in east Delhi, as the strike moves into its ninth consecutive day. (PTI Photo)

The ongoing MCD workers strike took a toll on traffic movement in the Capital, especially in east Delhi, as agitating employees hit the streets on Thursday to express their ire.

Stretches including Patparganj Road, Nirman Vihar,and Kanti Nagar were the worst sufferers as vehicular traffic came to a standstill with protesters taking out protest marches and even symbolic last rites.

Delhi Traffic police on Twitter warned commuters of about using these routes, and suggested that they avoided them altogether. “Traffic will be heavy on Patparganj Road as MCD workers are going from Nirman Vihar to GT Road. Kindly avoid the stretch.

“Traffic is heavy at Kanti Nagar Chowk & Shyam Lal College due to demonstration by MCD workers. Kindly avoid the stretch,” the traffic cops tweeted.

The striking workers of MCD had blocked major roads in the Capital on Wednesday as well, throwing peak hour traffic out of gear. Commuters had a harrowing time as traffic came to a standstill in various parts of the city as sanitation workers blocked major thoroughfares such as NH 24 and Vikas Marg among others. They also dumped garbage and set tyres on fire on the roads.

The protestors led massive demonstrations at major routes in the city leading to chaos and traffic snarls at areas including NH-1, NH-24, Gandhi Nagar, Vivek Vikar, Mandaoli, ITO, Jahangir Puri, Ramesh Nagar, Uttam Nagar and parts of South Delhi as well.

Watch | MCD workers protest by ‘corpse procession’ in Delhi’s Geeta Colony

“We will continue to protest against the Delhi governments and the state governments until they find a permanent solution to this reoccurring problem,” Rajinder Mewati, MCD employees representative, said.

Meanwhile, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia called an emergency meeting of officials in a bid to find solution for the issue. “MCD strike continues despite govt released Rs 693cr for salaries. I’m meeting emp. unions, Mayors, LG today. Trying to meet HM & UD Min also,” Sisodia had tweeted on Thursday morning.

More than 130,000 employees have been on strike since last Wednesday, bringing municipal schools and hospitals to a standstill apart from leading to a breakdown of the state sanitation machinery. The strike has also crippled functioning of hospitals and schools run by civic bodies.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday had announced a R551-crore loan to pay out pending salaries of striking workers of two civic bodies of Delhi.

Thousands of agitators on Tuesday also marched in protest from the Civic Centre to Rajghat carrying begging bowls to draw attention to their demands.

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