Delhi turns into `garbage capital` under AAP rule; MCD workers continue strike

In a shocking image of Delhi, rotting garbage can be seen scattered on the roads of the national capital.

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2015, 13:51 PM IST
Delhi turns into `garbage capital` under AAP rule; MCD workers continue strike

New Delhi: In a shocking image of Delhi, rotting garbage can be seen scattered on the roads of the national capital.

Shattering the image of “Swachh Bharat”, huge piles of trash in Delhi paint a depressing picture, all thanks to the standoff between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and Municipal Corporation department employees.

The residents of Delhi are not just facing huge traffic jams due to heaps of garbage lying on the roads, but are also facing a harrowing time due to stink in the air.

Around 12,000 safai karamcharis of Delhi have been on strike since Friday due to non-payment of salaries for three months by the municipal corporations in Delhi. In a bid to draw attention to their woes, the MCD workers have dumped garbage at traffic intersections.

The civic body says it needs around Rs 300 crore to pay salaries to its employees.

The Delhi government, which reportedly seeks to take over the reins of civic bodies from the BJP, has told MCD workers to approach the Centre to air their grievances.

Areas affected include Patparganj, the constituency of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Geeta Colony, Laxmi Nagar, Karkardooma, Vikas Marg, Jagatpuri and some areas of North Delhi.

The Aam Aadmi Party volunteers were seen on Sunday and Monday hitting the streets and cleaning the garbage.

Notably, the three civic bodies, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), have run into financial rough weather, with both NDMC and EDMC suffering losses while only SDMC managing itself to keep out of the red.

While the three corporations have been trying to look out for avenues for funding, the AAP government has denied any financial aid to the three municipal bodies.

Earlier this week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said the AAP would turn the cash-strapped municipal corporations into profit-making entities if the ruling BJP quits the civic bodies.

Opposition Congress in the North Delhi Municipal Corporation holds the Centre and Delhi government responsible for the current financial crisis faced by the three BJP-led municipal corporations and claimed that civic bodies' share of funds has been "decreased" in the last two years.

Taking on the two governments, Leader of Opposition in NDMC Mukesh Goel had on Monday alleged that "in this difficult time, instead of taking measures to resolve the issue, the Union Government and the Delhi government are busy blaming each other for the situation."