Day after: Ramlila Maidan deserted, clean up on



New Delhi: After being the site of Anna Hazare's anti-graft campaign for the last 10 days, the Ramlila Maidan wore a deserted look Monday, even as civic workers were busy clearing the sprawling ground of garbage.

Traffic around the ground was back to normal as the numerous police barricades on the roads were removed, while a posse of policemen manned the area.

Winding up the piled carpets and tents, a worker at ground said: "The carpets are still damp. The ground is expected to be clean by the end of the day."

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and Delhi Waste Management Private Limited (DWMPL) were collectively cleaning up the sprawling ground.

Since Aug 19, the ground has been the site of services such as mobile toilet vans, water carriers of the Delhi Jal Board and medical and food supplies.

Shortly after the 74-year-old Hazare broke his fast Sunday, and the tens of thousands who had congregated there over the last 10 days dispersed, civic workers were left staring at plastic pouches and waste food among other garbage.

More than 140 metric tonnes of waste was generated on a daily basis at the ground, according to the DWMPL.

"The MCD has outsourced waste management to us," DWMPL employee Dharmendra Kumar told reporters. "Our eight vans have carried more than 140 tonnes of garbage everyday."

IANS