Fes­tiv­i­ties leave a trail of trash be­hind


The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NETWORK

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.

Yo­gesh Ku­mar

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