Waste piles up as sanitation workers go on strike, residents pick up brooms

  • | Thursday | 16th November, 2023

NOIDA: Residents in several Greater Noida sectors are facing a tough time as garbage collection has been hit due to sanitation workers strike for nearly 10 days now. On Wednesday, some residents of Sector Beta 1 picked up brooms to clean the littered street in front of their homes, after sanitation workers went on strike a fortnight ago. Residents in sectors Alpha, Gamma, and Delta, suffered too as there was no sweeping or door-to-door garbage collection. To create awareness among the residents of the Greater Noida, Harendra Bhati, a resident of Sector Beta 1, said a video of locals sweeping was posted on social media. We should not be dependent on anyone to keep our surroundings clean. Given the lack of response from officials on the pathetic sanitary conditions in sectors for nearly a fortnight now, said Bhati, who is a member of the Active Citizens Group, adding that there are heaps of filth in all sectors like Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta, which expose the claims of GNIDA of developing a hi-tech city. Irked by the lack of cleaning, Manish Bhati, RWA vice-president of blocks B, C, and D in Sector Delta 2, maintained that no garbage had been picked up for several days. The sanitation workers are still sitting on strike. Cleaning work is not being done in the sectors for the last nine days. We are sweeping our streets, said Manish. Alok Nagar, RWA general secretary of Sector Delta 2, said the negative impacts on our short- or long-term health due to the piles of garbage left unattended.The GNIDA, meanwhile, claimed the contract staff did not return to work even after their salary and Diwali bonus were cleared. While more than 50 workers are on strike demanding an increase of Rs 2,000 in their salary, officials maintain that a 5% hike is due in February next year.Workers are demanding pay parity with authority staff of Rs 20,000. They have been paid their dues before Diwali. Meanwhile, we hired more sanitation workers on Tuesday to start sanitation work with mechanical sweeping machines. The situation will improve soon," Rajnikant Pandey, OSD public health, GNIDA, said.We also published the following articles recentlyJagan reformed education, health, agri sectors: YSRCPDeputy Chief Minister Peedika Rajanna Dora praised Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy for implementing revolutionary reforms in education, health, and agriculture. He urged people to support Reddy and highlighted the positive changes brought about under his leadership. Dora also criticized the previous TDP government for corruption and promised that the YSRCP government would deliver services conveniently to peoples homes. Other ministers also emphasized the governments focus on empowering children and narrowing the gap between the rich and poor. The YSRCP held public meetings and yatras to showcase their achievements.Noida AQI severe again, Greater Noida at severe-plusAir quality in Noida, India slipped back into the severe category, with an average air quality index (AQI) of 405. Greater Noida recorded a seventh consecutive day of severe air quality, with an AQI of 480. Ghaziabad remained in the upper levels of the very poor category with an AQI of 385. The state government has suspended physical classes for pre-primary to ninth grade in Noida and Ghaziabad due to the worsening air pollution. Local residents attribute the poor air quality to unchecked construction activities and industrial units.Denied Diwali bonus, dhaba workers strangle neta-ownerA dhaba owner in Nagpur was allegedly murdered by two of his workers after he refused to meet their demand for a Diwali bonus. The victim, Raju Dhengre, was strangled, stabbed, and bludgeoned to death. The assailants are currently at large. Dhengre, a former village headman, was politically connected and backed by the BJP. The murder is being investigated from both a monetary dispute angle and a political rivalry angle. The assailants fled the scene in Dhengres car but later crashed it.

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