Residents are concerned about the waste that is spilling on the city roads, emanating a foul smell and posing health risks. Workers of the Noida authority are on an indefinite strike from Friday, demanding transfer of salary to them directly.
There are about 4,000 contractual employees. These employees said they will resume their respective jobs only after the Noida authority removes the role of middlemen and transfer their salaries directly to their bank accounts. They are employed in various departments of the authority such as water, electricity, horticulture, sanitation etc.
The impact of the strike can be seen on the roads, including main carriageways, which are filled with garbage.
“Saturday morning, we spotted waste lying unattended around the sector and this continued on Sunday morning. We asked our sanitation staff, who gave us the shocking news that the authority staff threatened not to dispose waste from any collection point,” Pramod Verma, president of residents’ welfare association (RWA) Sector 30, said.
There are waste collection points in the sectors, where privately hired waste collectors dispose of the garbage from residents’ homes and from where the authority staff pick it up and dispose of it.
Residents are worried that the authority has failed to assure employees and the strike may continue after Monday.
“The authority is not in the mood to scrap the role of middlemen or contractors who supply the workers and distribute cash salary among the employees. In just two days, huge piles of waste have cropped up everywhere. One can find such heaps every 500 metres, all because of a corrupt system that is not easy for authority to do away with,” Srikant Vaidya of Sector 15 said.
The contractual employees said they will not call off strike unless they get salaries in bank accounts.
“Outsourced workers cannot be placed on the payroll of the authority as per existing rules. The authority is trying its best to convince the contractual workers to resume work. We will also ensure that the agencies get accounts of every employee opened and transfer their salary within three days,” Soumya Srivastava, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO) Noida authority, said.