The North Delhi Municipal Corporation, in a bid to boost the concept of garbage segregation at source and provide residents with accessible dumping sites, has decided to ensure that separate green and blue bins are provided in all the localities under its jurisdiction.
Leader of the House in the North civic body Mahender Nagpal told Hindustan Times that the corporation will make sure that all parks and localities have separate bins for green and non-green waste.
“Garbage strewn here and there is a nightmare for residents. In order to help residents, every nook and corner of all the localities should have these bins so that people get easy access to separate dumps for bio-degradable and non-biodegradable wastes. Because of lack of proper dumping spaces, residents often dispose their domestic waste in drains or any other open space available. I have already spoken to the commissioner a couple of days back to expedite the process,” Nagpal said.
The garbage situation in the North corporation is very grim, even though the civic body has already outsourced the task of door-to-door trash collection to a private firm, which is also supposed to segregate, transport and dispose of the waste, in Rohini and Civil Lines zones.
In Karol Bagh and Sadar-Paharganj zones, another private concessionaire is entrusted to collect waste from dhalaos. In the rural Narela zone, the corporation itself is supposed to collect waste from dhalaos.
The ground reality, however, is different if not harsh.
There are complaints regarding the private concessionaire’s staff not turning up daily for door-to-door collection and regular clearing of the dhalaos. In Chandni Chowk, residents prefer to dump their domestic garbage on streets.
In Bara Hindu Rao, the corporation staff do not turn up every day, resulting in littering by residents. In Kamla Nagar, though private operators collect garbage door to door, many residents prefer to dump the waste on the streets.
“This needs to change. And if the corporation can take steps like ensuring that all localities have separate bins, then people will also slowly realise the importance of segregation at source,” Nagpal said.