Vrindavan, 2019-09-05 (VT): At a meeting held at the municipal corporation’s Vrindavan office to discuss the issues being faced by local sanitation workers, Councillor (Ward.No.6) Punyapriya Bharti brought the negligence of private agencies to the notice of Mayor Mukesh Aryabandhu.
He said that both residents and sanitation workers are suffering because the concerned agency is not doing its job properly. While residents of his ward (Malin Basti) are complaining about garbage on roads and shortage of water since the last 10 months, sanitation workers in Vrindavan are in a financial crisis.
Apart from being careless with door-to-door/community garbage collection, the agency is not working on waste disposal either, and as result the dumping grounds of Vrindavan are overflowing.
During the meeting, Bharti proposed that instead of contracting outside agencies the work should be handled by local sanitation workers. Not only will this help in solving the problem of waste collection and disposal, it will also improve their financial condition. However, the mayor was did not entertain his suggestion which led to an argument between them, and the meeting had to be called off. Finding no resolution of the issue in sight, workers started protesting at the venue to demonstrate their anger.
Biomedical waste disposal is also becoming a challenge for the constituency. On Monday, the UP State Pollution Control Board sealed the Neemgaon-based Biomedical Waste Disposal Plant.
About 2 months back, a team from Pollution Control Board and ADM (dep) Brajesh Kumar surveyed the location and reported several irregularities in operations, like, the waste not being incinerated at prescribed temperatures. Despite being issued prior notice for non-compliance with standards/protocols for biomedical waste disposal, the plant continued with its negligent practices with regard to both collection and disposal.
Considering the above situation and evaluating the risk posed by it to surrounding localities, the state PCB had to finally seal the plant.