Festivities leave a trail of trash behind
New Delhi: After the culmination of the 10-day festivities, Delhi woke up to scenes of garbage strewn around the venues of Ramlilas and Durga Pujas on Wednesday. Piled-up plastic cutlery, food leftovers and flower waste were a common sight at many venues, including the Yamuna river bridge.
A civic official said that Delhi witnesses a 5-10% increase in garbage generation during the festive season. With a daily garbage generation of 10,000 tonnes, this additional load translates to 500 to 1,000 tonnes a day. A large component of this festive waste usually comprises plastic waste.
TOI visited multiple places, including Red Fort foregrounds, CR Park, Kalkaji Temple, ITO Bridge and Mayur Vihar Extension, only to find that the remains of the festival had not been cleaned up till Wednesday afternoon.
A senior SDMC official, however, said that sanitation workers have been working additional hours to clean the additional waste.
“The overall situation is much more organised, and no leftover garbage from the festival will be seen on Thursday,” a senior north corporation official claimed.
Some south Delhi residents, meanwhile, came forward to lend a helping hand to clean up the Chittranjan Park area, one of the biggest venues for Durga Puja festivities. “Ploggaindia,” a Delhibased plogging group, organised an early morning cleaning drive in CR Park. “Our intervention today. We separately collected recyclable from non-recyclable trash so at least some waste can be recovered. Through this sorting process, we urge people to segregate waste at home,” the group tweeted later.
Residents in Dwarka too complained about heaps of garbage left around the Durga puja immersion plots. A garbage fire was also reported near Dwarka International School in Sector 12.
A senior south corporation official, however, claimed that the amount of plastic and styrofoam-based waste has significantly reduced. “We are yet to receive a detailed report from our ground workers, but the initial feedback is encouraging,” the official said.