The ambitious garbage segregation scheme of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) bit dust on its inaugural day on Monday. The first-day flop show began with the mahurat at 1 pm, which the contractor had said was the auspicious time to begin collection of garbage.
Secondly, many residents of Model Town and Shalimar Bagh, falling under Civil Lines and Rohini zones which were earmarked for the scheme, did not know of such a day.
“No one from the MCD came to pick up garbage today. We have not even been told about the scheme,” said Ritesh Diwan, a resident of BC Block of Shalimar Bagh.
Though the civic body has termed the entire exercise as trial run, it can’t escape its lackadaisical attitude which was clear from the fact that there was no public awareness.
It was been over a year since the scheme was planned but there has been no dispensing of information on how to segregate garbage.
Ram Kishan Singhal, MDC’s Standing Committee chairman, said, “Since the segregation process has just begun there are bound to be problems. They will be resolved along the way.”
“On Monday only a trial-run of the door-to-door segregation took place. We will begin with the process in a proper manner from Tuesday,” said a senior MCD official, who didn’t give his name, as he isn’t authorised to speak to media.
“We will now carry out public awareness campaigns to inform people how to separate bio-degradable waste from recyclable waste.”
Meanwhile, the civic agency has dropped the idea of providing white and green dustbins to each household to facilitate easy segregation.