GUWAHATI, Sept 11 - With the new NGOs allotted the task of conservancy yet to take charge, garbage collection in many parts of Guwahati city came to a halt in the past seven days.
Though the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has deployed its staff for collecting the garbage from some parts of the city, citizens in many localities complained about absence of any conservancy service for more than a week.
�For the past eight days, the garbage is lying in our campus as we await the GMC vehicles for waste collection. As the conservancy services has improved over the years, we expect the corporation to maintain the same in the future as well,� Dwipen Nath, a resident of Ulubari area, said.
Similarly, the people of AT Road, Rajgarh, South Sarania, Fancy Bazar and many other localities also complained about the garbage collection.
�Other than garbage collection, the process of collecting the conservancy fees must also be streamlined for the convenience of the common people,� a resident of the Pub Sarania area said.
According to Guwahati Mayor Mrigen Sarania, the garbage collection facilities would not just resume but would significantly improve in the coming days. The present inconvenience, he said, was due to the ongoing process of handing over the charges.
�We understand the problem of the citizens and are constantly trying to cover maximum areas on alternative days with the staff available with us. In many areas, we have deployed additional vehicles to clear the waste. However, some of the localities are still left out, which we would be definitely cover,� he added.
He further said that the situation would normalize within the next three to four days.
It may be noted that this time, 56 NGOs have been given the job of garbage collection. Earlier, one NGO had carried out the work in each of the 31 wards of Guwahati.