10/01/2017 1:31 PM IST | Updated 10/01/2017 1:49 PM IST

NGT Summons EDMC, Delhi Govt And Sanitation Workers Union Over Ongoing Garbage Crisis

The situation has only become worse.

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The National Green Tribunal has summoned the Delhi government, the EDMC and Sanitation Workers Union on 10 Jan, hopefully to break the logjam that has been causing much grief to the residents of East Delhi.

The EDMC sanitation workers have been on strike for the last four days over non-payment of their wages. The matter took a rather murky turn this morning as some sanitation workers dumped garbage outside the residence of Trilokpuri's AAP MLA Raju Dhingan in protest against negligence by both the Delhi government and the Centre.

The strike by the EDMC sanitation workers has left East Delhi reeling under a garbage crisis with waste dumped in the open in several areas. It is not just an eye sore but the cause of very grave health concerns.

Even as the Delhi government released ₹119 crore to the EDMC, many workers refused to remove the heaps of accumulating garbage off the streets.

On the evening of January 9, some government officials claimed that the workers had called off their strike. However, MCD Swachhta Karamchari Union president Sanjay Gehlot said the sanitation workers won't resume work till the money is credited to their bank accounts.

The strike also heated up the politics between the AAP and the BJP-led MCD, especially with the municipal polls due in 2018. AAP leader Manish Sisodia claimed that the BJP-run civic bodies wwere saddled with "grave corruption". In a press conference, he said, "enough funds have been given to the municipal bodies, but one doesn't know where that money is being flushed out."

Sisodia also alleged that BJP-ruled civic bodies were "busy extracting bribe and not taxes".

(With inputs from agencies)

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