Nagpur: The cleaning staff of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) are burning a lot of garbage in residential areas in complete violation of rules and spreading pollution. And they blame the operator AG Enviro Infra Projects Pvt Ltd for not picking up the garbage at all on a daily basis. TOI has published many reports related to this whole issue.
Laxmi Nagar Zone of Nagpur Municipal Corporation has also deputed eight sanitation workers to clean the internal roads at Swagat Society, New Sahakar Nagar on Monday. Each worker took the garbage from the road to a very specific place and set it on fire. For some time, the Swagat Society has turned into a smoke zone.
When the reason for burning the garbage was asked, then the cleaning staff said that the vehicle of AG Enviro had to come to collect the garbage. But she did not come at all and because of this, they burnt the solid waste.
“A few days back, we saw a huge amount of garbage collected at one place in the same locality. When we come for the second time to sweep the streets, the citizens shout at us and that is why we are burning it.” They said.
After being informed through videos posted by TOI and even on social media platforms, A team from NMC’s Laxmi Nagar zone had reached the spot and all the eight sanitation workers were fined Rs 500 each.
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is about to take action
“We gave hand carts and gunny bags to the sanitation workers. They are expected to collect and dump the garbage at designated places in each area. They are not expected to make spots and burn garbage. We will take appropriate action,” said zonal officer Rambhau Tidke.
Deputy Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Dr. Gajendra Mahalle has also said that it is the responsibility of the operators to pick up the garbage deposited by the sweepers. “We have no other option but to fine the sanitation workers for burning garbage. We will ensure that this practice stops.” he said.
Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) is about to take action against Nagpur Municipal Corporation but is ignoring the whole issue. “We have not received any complaint regarding garbage burning at all. We will take action if we get any complaints.” said an official.
Garbage burning is not limited to Laxmi Nagar zone at all. Activists also say that this practice is prevalent in almost all areas.