Cleaners and sweepers have taken over a garbage dump in south Delhi’s Sunlight Colony –II, converting it into a house and forcing residents to throw garbage on the street.
The encroachers have put a bed for two, a fan, a cooler and a music system inside the dhalao (garbage dump), HT found out upon visiting the area.
A broken sofa sat just outside the dhalao to welcome guests.
After entering the dhalao, some youth picking garbage questioned the HT team but went away after noticing the camera.Locals alleged cleaners and sweepers had taken over the dump with the help of local land sharks. "They encroached inside it after paying a bribe of Rs 1.5 lakh," said a resident.
As a result, residents of Dharamveer Marg throw garbage on the road, causing stench and filth in the entire area.
“We have complained on various occasions but no one listens. Since these cleaners collect the garbage from the road, no one objects to their living inside the dhalao. Filth and smell has made life miserable,” said Mohd Abdul, a resident.
The local councillor said she had raised the issue with the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and blamed the corporation for not taking any action.
“I have raised the issue. A deputy commissioner visited the area and vacated the dhalao but after few days they again came back. I will again raise the issue,” said Darshana, the councillor.
Municipal authorities, however, denied any knowledge of the problem.
“The issue is not in my notice. The dump is taken care of by the Delhi Waste Managament but if I get a complaint, I will ensure action is taken,” said South Delhi Municipal Corporation standing committee chairperson Satish Upadhyay.