With the ongoing sanitation workers strike entering its second week, the garbage lying in open spaces is begining to attract stray dogs and monkeys. However, Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) claimed that all drivers and some door-to-door garbage collectors have returned to work.
A Sanjauli resident Sumit Thakur said, "The garbage dumped on the road is increasing the stray dog and monkey menace. Because of this it has become difficult for us to walk especially when children are along." There is a vacant plot at Engineghar Sanjauli where garbage from every house is being dumped as door to door garbage collectors have stopped coming due to the strike.
Even drains in most places have started to clog due to the garbage despite the fact that MC has deployed the remaining strength of sanitation workers to lift the garbage from the main locations of the town.
A study conducted recently by the wild life wing of the forest department said that stray dogs attract leopards in the town. It was conducted to assess the reason why leopards are being spotted in vicinity of Shimla. The study also pointed out that the major reason why stray dogs thrive in Shimla is because of the scattered garbage.
Shimla town generates over 80 metric tonnes garbage every day. The sanitation workers collect garbage from around 905 households.