Many MCD sanitation workers have been put on Games duty, which means picking up of garbage and cleaning the colonies would be affected.
The government has entrusted the job of cleaning and sanitation of various Games venues to the MCD. The civic agency will depute 2,500 sanitation workers at all eight Games venues from Wednesday. A chunk of these will be deployed at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium stadium, where the Games opening and closing ceremonies will be held.
Over 300 sanitation workers are already working at the JLN and Thyagaraj stadiums.
“At least 500 sanitation workers from the central zone will be deployed at the JLN stadium to look after the sanitation work,” said an MCD official.
Already areas such as Lajpat Nagar, GK I and II, Jangpura, East of Kailash, Krishna Nagar, Vikram Vihar, Defence Colony, Andrews Ganj are facing shortage of sanitation workers.
Vaishali Bhambri, a Lajpat Nagar resident, said, “There are supposed to be 45 sanitary workers in Lajpat Nagar but there are barely 15 at work. Garbage is strewn all over the place.”
The civic agency claimed if the areas face any shortage of sanitation workers, they would provide substitute workers.
On Tuesday, the New Delhi Municipal Council had sent 45 sanitation workers to Major Dhyan Chand Stadium and 41 to Shyama Prasad Mukherjee stadium to clean up the area.
Also, 250 NDMC workers were stationed at the Games Village. “We will work with the private agencies hired by the OC so that all available resources are utilized. We’ll deploy our staff along with all the resources,” added the official.