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Gurgaon: Garbage pile-up puts residents at risk in sectors 21, 23

Residents said the authorities concerned haven’t removed the garbage despite repeated complaints

gurgaon Updated: Jul 03, 2017 23:37 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times
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Residents said that they are planning to move a complaint about the garbage pile-up at the Chief Minister’s window, if the waste isn’t removed anytime soon.(HT PHOTO)

Hundreds of residents of sectors 21 and 23, near Palam Vihar, alleged that construction debris and garbage is being dumped in the open leading to health hazards. Despite several complaints, no action has been taken by the authorities, they said.

These sectors are home to a sizeable population and with the arrival of monsoon, they fear the pile of garbage would again be seen floating on the road.

Residents said that they are planning to move a complaint about the garbage pile-up at the Chief Minister’s Window, if the waste isn’t removed anytime soon.

They said their children have rashes from mosquito bites, as the dumping site is adjacent to residential areas. They also fear outbreak of dengue and chikungunya if the garbage isn’t removed at the earliest.

“My three-year-old son had high fever and rashes all over his body last week. When we consulted the doctor, he said that it was due to the unhygienic ambience,” Harsh Kumar a resident of Sector 21, said.

While the civic agencies said they are committed to ensuring hygiene and cleanliness in the residential areas of the city, the situation on the ground betrays their intent with open plots in many residential areas being allegedly used as a dumping ground for garbage.

“With the garbage pile-up, there has been a sudden outbreak of diseases. Every second home has a patient,” said Ranju Anand, a resident of Sector 23.

She added the garbage dump was right above the main water pipeline that runs through the area. “It is very likely that contaminated water entered the main pipeline through leakages,” Anand said.

Naina Kotwal, a resident of Sector 21, said, “The garbage was picked up on Sunday after one month and it took more than seven trucks to load the garbage pile. The backyard of my house is adjacent to the Delhi border and the garbage has not been removed for months”.

Many residents have even stopped going for their morning and evening walks citing the stench from the garbage

“It is impossible to step out for morning and evening strolls due to the foul smell. Garbage from apartments and commercial establishments is dumped on the plots. There are eateries around our sectors from where waste is dumped near our house, especially at night,” Nirmal Sharma, a resident of Sector 23, said.

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“The sweepers, too, dispose of waste here. The garbage dump has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and we are at serious risk of catching dengue or other mosquito-borne diseases. It is difficult to even visit parks, as the garbage is dumped near the boundary wall,” Paramjeet Singh, a resident of Sector 23A, said.

Officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gururgram(MCG) claimed they are cleaning the areas regularly and have deployed teams to ensure proper sanitation in these sectors.

“We will ask our sanitation wing to visit the spot and get the waste cleared,” SS Rohilla, MCG spokesperson, said.

First Published: Jul 03, 2017 23:37 IST