Delhi's dirty politics

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Garbage was dumped on the main road at Jheel Chowk by MCD Workers as a form of protest for not getting salaries for the past three months, in East Delhi. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

Garbage was dumped on the main road at Jheel Chowk by MCD Workers as a form of protest for not getting salaries for the past three months, in East Delhi. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

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The strike by sanitation workers has turned East Delhi into a huge garbage dump over the past 10 days, posing a serious threat to people's health. About 15,000 tonnes of waste has been dumped on roadsides and in residential areas. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

The strike by sanitation workers has turned East Delhi into a huge garbage dump over the past 10 days, posing a serious threat to people's health. About 15,000 tonnes of waste has been dumped on roadsides and in residential areas. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

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Exposure to toxic gases that come out because of open burning of waste releases, particulate matter and toxins is extremely harmful. The methane generated at the land fill site is flammable. At times, these burn up and generate smoke. (Mohd Zakir/ HT Photo)

Exposure to toxic gases that come out because of open burning of waste releases, particulate matter and toxins is extremely harmful. The methane generated at the land fill site is flammable. At times, these burn up and generate smoke. (Mohd Zakir/ HT Photo)

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Sanitation workers leave garbage in front of AAP MLA Anil Bajpai residence as part of the protest. (Arun Sharma/ HT Photo)

Sanitation workers leave garbage in front of AAP MLA Anil Bajpai residence as part of the protest. (Arun Sharma/ HT Photo)

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The production of methane is not due to garbage burning. It is a common phenomenon at landfill sites. The garbage at these sites is around 5-25 years old and various greenhouse gases are released when it decomposes. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

The production of methane is not due to garbage burning. It is a common phenomenon at landfill sites. The garbage at these sites is around 5-25 years old and various greenhouse gases are released when it decomposes. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

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Municipal Corporation of East Delhi (EMCD) workers (Safai karmchera) dumped garbage on the main road at Jheel Chowk, East Delhi causing traffic jam as they protest against the government. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

Municipal Corporation of East Delhi (EMCD) workers (Safai karmchera) dumped garbage on the main road at Jheel Chowk, East Delhi causing traffic jam as they protest against the government. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

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Residents want more proactive action to be taken against this 70-acre dump, which is as tall as a 10-storey building. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

Residents want more proactive action to be taken against this 70-acre dump, which is as tall as a 10-storey building. (Virendra Singh Gosain/HT Photo)

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The workers' demand is caught in a political tussle between the BJP, which controls the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, and the Delhi government of the Aam Aadmi Party. Both accuse the other of not releasing adequate funds to pay the workers. (Arun Sharma/ HT Photo)

The workers' demand is caught in a political tussle between the BJP, which controls the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, and the Delhi government of the Aam Aadmi Party. Both accuse the other of not releasing adequate funds to pay the workers. (Arun Sharma/ HT Photo)

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Typhoid, jaundice and skin allergies are some of the most common health problems that can occur. Mosquito-breeding in the garbage pile can also lead to the spread of dengue and malaria. (Virendra Singh Gosain/ HT Photo)

Typhoid, jaundice and skin allergies are some of the most common health problems that can occur. Mosquito-breeding in the garbage pile can also lead to the spread of dengue and malaria. (Virendra Singh Gosain/ HT Photo)

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Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited east Delhi MCD office and interacted with striking sanitation workers. He said both Centre and Delhi government were shirking their responsibilities and that "he will take up their battle". (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited east Delhi MCD office and interacted with striking sanitation workers. He said both Centre and Delhi government were shirking their responsibilities and that "he will take up their battle". (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

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Areas like Geeta Colony, Vishwas Nagar, Jaffrabad, Yamuna Vihar, Shakarpur, Shahdara, Seelampur and Patparganj are badly hit as residential colonies, markets and slums are overflowing with garbage. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

Areas like Geeta Colony, Vishwas Nagar, Jaffrabad, Yamuna Vihar, Shakarpur, Shahdara, Seelampur and Patparganj are badly hit as residential colonies, markets and slums are overflowing with garbage. (Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

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