Monday, 21 May 2018 | PNS | Dehradun– Following the directions of the Dehradun municipal commissioner, the weekly holidays of sanitation workers were cancelled to enable them to work towards clearing the backlog of garbage collecting in the town on the second day after the end of their 12-day strike. According to municipal officials, the cleaning works were undertaken in all the 60 wards on Sunday with four JCBs, one loader, 14 trolleys and six dumpers. About 240 tonnes of garbage was cleared in a total of about 80 trips made by the garbage transport vehicles on Sunday. On the directions of the municipal commissioner Vijay Kumar Jogdange, the cleaning works will continue during the night too. It is pertinent to mention here that after work boycott by protesting ward sanitation committee workers for about 12 days, the strike of the sanitation workers had ended late on Thursday night. Since Friday, the workers have been working in the daytime and night to clear the many hundred tonnes of garbage piled up across the city which was not collected during the strike of the workers. In addition to clearing the garbage piles, the workers are also cleaning localities, sprinkling bleaching powder and undertaking fumigation in various areas of the provisional state capital. Speaking on the matter the additional municipal commissioner Neeraj Joshi said, “The cleaning works were conducted by sanitation workers on Sunday in 60 major municipal wards of the city. A total of about 240 tonnes of garbage was cleared from different parts of the city on Sunday. Apart from the clearing the garbage, bleaching powder was sprinkled, drains cleared and fumigation was undertaken in various localities.” The additional municipal commissioner further said that cleaning work will continue in the same manner and the city will be clear of the collected garbage and cleaner with in the next couple of days.

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