HC directs MCH to ensure sanitation in Haldwani

Tuesday, 29 November 2022 | PNS | NAINITAL

Hearing on a PIL on garbage scattered in Haldwani due to the strike of sanitation workers, the Uttarakhand High Court has said that a city cannot be held hostage. The division bench of Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice RC Khulbe has directed the Municipal Corporation of Haldwani (MCH) to get 400 garbage collection vehicles released from the possession of the striking sanitation workers.Cases should be lodged against them if they obstruct the release of the said vehicles.The court has also ordered the MCH to make alternate arrangements to maintain sanitation in the city. The case will be taken up for hearing next on November 30.

Haldwani resident Dinesh Chandola had filed the PIL in the HC stating that the sanitation workers in Haldwani had been on strike for the past four days due to which garbage was scattered around in the city. The sanitation workers had taken 400 garbage collection vehicles under their control and the workers who are doing sanitation work are being beaten up, the petitioner stated. Apart from posing a health risk to citizens, the garbage is also posing a risk to the animals who are consuming the trash. Members of seven unions of sanitation workers are on strike since November 24 which has stalled sanitation work in Haldwani.

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