The municipal corporations employ safaikaramcharis for jobs like sweeping roads etc, but the work of garbage collection has been outsourced
The Delhi High Court and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) Wednesday took note of the current garbage disposal crisis in the capital, as safai karamcharis in Delhi have been on strike since October 23 for their arrears. After senior advocate Sanjay Poddar argued on behalf of the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) that sanitation workers were blocking the contractors responsible for clearing the garbage from doing their jobs, the High Court directed the Delhi Police to “ensure that no one should obstruct” the municipal bodies from clearing garbage.
The municipal corporations employ safaikaramcharis for jobs like sweeping roads etc, but the work of garbage collection has been outsourced. The EDMC, in an application heard by the bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, said that the workers were violating earlier orders issued by the high court , restricting the unions from blocking the work of the agencies.
The EDMC also claimed that the police was not providing them any help. The court directed the “Delhi Police Commissioner to ensure that the removal of garbage by various agencies employed by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is not obstructed by anyone in any manner, till further orders…” Meanwhile, the NGT has issued directions to the three municipal corporations to remove all garbage from the road by Friday. “We direct that all the corporations shall ensure that dumped garbage within the area of their jurisdiction should be removed and take it to the appropriate sites and/or municipal solid waste plant in Delhi. We direct NCT of Delhi to provide due cooperation to all the corporations to ensure compliance of this order,” said the NGT