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Garbage woes for Guwahati residents as NGOs refuse in waste collection
Residents in Guwahati complained of irregular garbage collection over the last few weeks. Though the dGuwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has engaged various NGOs in for household collection of garbage, recently due to some internal conflicts, the NGOs have not been doing their work.
In several areas of the city the residents have been suffering from this.
“It’s been two weeks; our day-to-day have not been cleared. It’s getting difficult. We have tried to lodge complaint at the GMC but there has been no response,” said Gunjan Hazarika of Japorigog near Assam State Zoo.
The GMC had decided to hand over the service of collecting house to house garbage to the NGOs from July 1 in 2014 after terminating the deal with Ramky, a Hyderabad-based organization. The GMC has set a rate of Rs 30 every month from each household for maintenance of different works regarding the collection of garbage and other stuff.
On September 8, the GMC commissioner released a new list of 48 NGOs for primary collection of municipal solid waste (door-to-door collection of solid waste) along with street sweeping and transportation of the same to the secondary collection points in 31 wards.
And these NGOs were supposed to start their duty within the 24 hours of the official announcement. However, till Thursday, they have not started their work.
“Our entire area has been stinking for the last more than two weeks. We have called up some GMC officials. Though they assured us of cleaning up, but so far no action was taken,” said another resident at Bhangagarh area.
GMC mayor Mrigen Sarania said that the NGOs would resume their work shortly. “We are doing our best to sort it out. The NGOs have already started to pick up the garbage. Very soon it will cover the entire city,” said Sarania.