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NDMC blames lack of space for Old Delhi’s garbage mess

Overflowing garbage is a common sight in walled city and Paharganj that fall under north corporation.

delhi Updated: Aug 19, 2013 13:02 IST
Ritam Halder
Ritam Halder
Hindustan Times

Only three garbage stations cater to lakhs of residents of the congested Walled City and Paharganj areas, both of which fall under the north corporation.

The result: Overflowing garbage.

The civic body blames the problem on lack of space for building more garbage stations.

Vijay Prakash Pandey, chairman of North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s DEMS committee, told HT that the number of community bins in City and Sadar Paharganj zones is not adequate which results in problems such as overflowing garbage in every corner of old Delhi.

“There are two-three dumps in the Sadar Paharganj zone, while in the Walled City area there is just one. Nothing can be done as there is no space to build more dumps,” Pandey said.

Residents, however, blame the civic body’s apathy for the stink and litter in these zones.

Ashok Bhasin, president of North Delhi Resident Welfare Federation, said the sanitation officials blame the garbage removal concessioners whenever they are approached with a specific issue.

“Big dump boxes — for both organic and inorganic waste — should be there. Apart from more bins, foolproof action in terms of proper monitoring is required. At 5am, you find the bins empty but at 11am they are full again. The sanitation inspector should keep watch rather than blaming private companies,” Bhasin said.

First Published: Aug 19, 2013 12:58 IST