Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Clean-up on at Press Enclave Road

NEW DELHI: Days after TOI started highlighting the mess on Press Enclave Road in south Delhi, civic agencies swung into action on Monday, picking up waste and tidying the area around dhalaos. The PWD secretary has also asked his department for a report on the road.

Following TOI's report, the zonal chairman pulled up the sanitation staff for not cleaning the area. On Tuesday morning, waste bins were organized in single rows, the area was swept and the waste dropped inside the dhalao. Earlier, the bins were haphazardly left on the main road.

"I have directed the sanitation staff to clean up the area in the next two days. We have deployed additional staff for this. Apart from cleaning up the area, we are going to repair broken pavements on this stretch,'' said Shailender Sin8gh Monty, chairman, South Zone. But South Corporation officials said they are facing problems in clearing up the construction waste dumped outside Khirki Extension. "As the road doesn't belong to us, we can't remove the construction waste. For removal of construction waste, we will write to PWD,'' said Singh.

Residents of Khirki Extension were surprised to find a digger clearing waste from the park outside their colony on Monday evening. Dinesh Awasthi, general secretary of the R-block RWA, said he saw the digger in action when he returned home from office. "The park is right across the three malls and is the first thing one sees on coming to Khirki Extension. DDA and the municipal corporation are caught in a dispute over the ownership of the park, but we are glad that TOI highlighted the problem and someone is finally cleaning it up," he said.

Workers at the site told TOI they had been ordered to clear the waste, level the ground and lay fresh soil and manure on it. However, since there was a lot of waste, some was left on the ground during levelling. This contained, among other things, non-biodegradable material like plastic.

On the other hand, PWD, the road maintaining agency, said it will shortly launch a drive to pick up debris that has been dumped along the road. "We have carried out several such drives but due to a rise in construction activity around the area, people dump their malba on the road at night when there is nobody to stop them," said an official.

DJB has asked the private agency that was appointed to carry out work under the public-private partnership model for improving water supply in the Malviya Nagar area, to clean up. The agency was supposed to have laid water distribution pipes along Press Enclave Road but for the past nine months had left the road dug up and the water pipes lying along the footpath. By Tuesday, the agency had repaired the stretches that it had dug up and DJB officials said they will start work on laying the pipes in another 2-3 days.

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