G’gram sanitation workers now target road sweepers: The Tribune India
Gurugram, October 28
Sanitation workers, who have been on an indefinite strike since October 19, have now begun targeting Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) street sweepers to stop authorities cleaning up the 1,500 tonnes of rubbish are accumulated in the city.
To keep protesters away, Police Control Room (PCR) vehicles were deployed along with all sweepers. The MCG has 11 such vehicles. These vehicles will be accompanied by PCR vehicles during their night operations.
Protesters are also reportedly obstructing and roughing up MCG teams, led by joint commissioners and including the civic body’s regular staff, in many areas, particularly in the former Gurugram.
Previously, they targeted employees of the private concessionaire EcoGreen, which had been employed by the MCG to pick up trash. EcoGreen staff now have police protection.
MCG co-commissioner Naresh Kumar said authorities had cleared more than 500 tonnes of rubbish, but teams from civic bodies were under constant threat.
“The protesters are not only targeting the workers but also the machines. They try to damage them so we can’t clean up the trash. We now have PCR vehicles to guard the road sweepers. The protesters are becoming aggressive with each passing day,” Naresh Kumar said.
Meanwhile, garbage collection was blocked even in homes in many parts of Old Gurugram as protesters did not allow vehicles to pass. The police practically put their full force on the roads to deal with the case.
Protesters also litter the roads daily, particularly at night, but this practice has been curtailed in the majority of areas after police crackdowns.
Various sanitation worker unions under the banner of the Center of Indian Trade Unions are on strike after the authorities failed to respond to their demands, including the regularization of jobs.