The citizens here have formed a WhatsApp group, Mission Sainagar Clean, to stay connected with each other about the daily activities in the locality.
Ajay Nikam of Avinash Vihar So ciety, another resident, explained, “Earlier, the PMC wouldn’t sent vehicles to collect our garbage so we had no option but to dump it into the nullah. After repeated complaints in the past few months, the civic body started sending the garbage trucks twice a day. However, there is an urgent need to place two garbage containers considering the increasing number of residents living here. We have been facing several health hazards due to the open dumping of waste.“
As there are no barricades around the nullah, several accidents have been reported in the area. In one such incident, an auto rickshaw driver had fallen inside the nullah and sustained injuries. Furthermore, several twowheeler riders, too, have injured themselves by falling into the nullah during late night hours.
Rakesh Thakar, another resident who created the WhatsApp group, lamented, “On the day of cleanliness drive, PMC sent their garbage collection vehicles and some workers even joined us to sweep the area. But, as honest taxpayers, we deserve to be heard by the civic body. After making several calls, the PMC sends workers to clean the road once every 15 days. Moreover, there are no streetlights in certain areas and others are defunct, resulting in security risks for senior citizens, children and women. So far, we have written to the authorities as well as made two online complaints. Our simple demand is to permanently install a drainage pipeline in place of the nullah, place two garbage containers and according to the sanctioned development plan (DP), widen the road to 12 metres.“
When contacted, Ravi Pawar, PMC’s assistant municipal commissioner and Tilak Road ward officer, told Mirror, “I am aware about the problems bothering the residents and we are working at installing a permanent drainage pipeline instead of the nullah. Soon, tenders would be finalised and the work will begin. Also, I will place garbage containers in the area and repair the streetlights.“
Source : Mirror