Taking a cue from Noida Authority contract workers who went on a 10-day strike over non payment of dues, around 120 contractors of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) went on an indefinite strike from Monday demanding that the civic body pay them their dues.
If the strike continues, it is will severely affect collection of municipal waste, roads cleaning and transportation of waste from residential areas to landfill sites across the city, apart from bringing to a halt all development projects undertaken by the MCG.
As many as 900 workers are employed by these contractors and all are on strike. The MCG has only 300 permanent staff in the sanitation department.
The city generates nearly 600 tonnes of waste every day and garbage was not picked up from any of the four corporation zones on Monday.
The strike call comes just three days after a similar 10-day strike by 4,000 contract workers of Noida Authority ended on Friday. The strike had severely comprised sanitation and health conditions in Noida with protesting workers littering roads with stinking garbage. The contract workers ended their strike after Noida authority promised to address their demands.
Officials of the Contractors Welfare Association of the MCG alleged that the strike is being carried out against non-payment of dues by the civic body since the last nine months, frequents transfers of junior engineers and delays in inspection of allotted projects.
“We have only received 10%-15 % of the dues since March and the MCG still owes us over ₹50 crore. Similarly, the hiring of outside consultants to carry out inspection work and provide inputs regarding setting up of new solid waste compost plants is further aggravating our problems,” Rajesh Mehta, treasurer, Contractors Welfare Association, said.
Mehta said the consultants only conduct inspections once the project is complete, rather than during the time when the work is on. Their feedback, hence, cannot be implemented at the opportune time, he said.
Mehta said the transfer of junior engineers between the 35 wards in Gurgaon also created unnecessary confusion as the officials are not aware of the progress of a project and allotment of funds gets delayed. This in turn halts work.
“We have asked contractors to resume their duties, failure of which will lead to suspension or termination of contract. An amiable solution will be reached soon,” TL Satyaprakash, MCG commissioner, said.