After repeated complaints against garbage dumping in a park fell on deaf ears, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) had to learn a lesson the hard way. On Friday, the garbage pile caught fire in the evening and spread panic among locals.
Garbage was being regularly dumped by a Huda-appointed private contractor in the Huda park located at the T-point of Palam Vihar and Maruti Road. "A fire brigade was called when the fire situation went out of control," said Bhawani Tripathy an eyewitness.
Garbage from Sectors 21, 22, 23 and 23A was being dumped here regularly by the contractor despite residents' protest.
According to the contractor, Huda has not yet identified any dumping site and they are forced to dump it in the park.
The contractor, however, claimed to have been lifting garbage from the area on a regular basis. Residents of the area had also written a letter to former Huda administrator Nitin Yadav in this regard.
"We had written to the officials of the Huda horticulture department earlier, but no action was taken," said Bhim Singh Yadav, a resident of Sector 22. Locals say the garbage pile also spills over the boundary walls and becomes a nuisance for nearby residents. The fire on Friday is the latest example of how dangerous the negligence could be. However, it has finally woken up the Huda horticulture officials, who have started taking steps.