The Ghaziabad municipal corporation will construct 12 concrete primary garbage collection centres in Mohan Nagar and Vasundhara zones. At present, there are 10 such centres in the two zones but they fall short in containing approximately 450 metric tonnes of garbage that is generated.
According to officials, a survey has been conducted and the construction work is expected to start by the first week of May.
“The construction of concrete primary garbage collection centres will be completed by June-end. Fund of Rs 48 lakh has been allocated by the Central government under the Clean India Campaign for this project,” Dr RK Yadav, district health officer of Ghaziabad, said.
Yadav said the garbage collection centres will be constructed at Atal Chowk and Prahladgarhi village in Vasundhara, Gol Park, Khajuri Park and near ESI Hospital in Rajendra Nagar, Panchsheel colony, JK farmhouse and Kutti Village in Mohan Nagar, Sahibabad village, Jhandapur and Kadkad model village and also near the Rajnigandha apartments in Sahibabad.
Garbage collected by municipal workers in these two zones is dumped at 10 garbage collection centres in the area, from where it is transferred to the solid waste management plant in Pratap Vihar.
Residents say that the existing garbage collection centres are situated on main roads and are a major nuisance for commuters as garbage spills onto the roads.
“Problem of overflowing garbage was nowhere to be seen till around 10 years back. However, the population has increased significantly over the last three years and hence the issue of garbage overflow has also come up,” KP Singh Gurjar of Sector 16 in Vasundhara said.
“Moreover, the garbage is not removed from the collection centres for two-three days in a row by the corporation, thereby accumulating waste and strewing filth all over the place,” he said.
Yadav said the garbage from all collection centres is collected only once in every three days due to shortage of workers at the Pratap Vihar plant.
“The entire load of 450 metric tonnes of garbage cannot be dumped in the Pratap Vihar plant in one day since there is a shortage of workers. Hence, it takes at least three days to clean the existing garbage collection centres. However, once the new collection centres are constructed, the problem of overflowing garbage will be resolved,” he said.