1 shut, but 3 garbage stations still raise stink

LUCKNOW: Lucknow Municipal Corporation has shut its garbage transfer station at Dubagga on high court order on the ground that it was causing pollution and inconvenience to local residents. But three more such — at Priyadarshni colony on Road, Vikas Khand in Gomtinagar and Faizullaganj — are still in use.

esidents in Priyadarshni colony say that besides raising stink, the garbage transfer station poses threat of disease outbreak and has lead to breeding of mosquitoes. “Complaints to LMC and even protests on roads have not yielded any result. Every day, 30 trucks of garbage collection firm, Ecogreen, dump the waste here,” Vijay Srivastava, a resident of Priyadarshni colony, said.

In Vikas Khand of Gomtinagar too, about 20-25 vehicles of Ecogreen regularly dump city’s trash. Due to irregular pick up of garbage from this transfer station, garbage keeps piling up.

“LMC never fails to dump garbage here then why is it lax in collecting it,” asked Gaurav Khanna, a resident of Vikas khand.

Faizullaganj residents complain that sanitary workers burn the garbage at transfer station when vehicles do not come for collection. “Burning of garbage emits black smoke and people in the locality have started complaining of headache and nasal congestion,” Vaibhav Shukla, a resident of Amber Vihar in Faizullaganj, said.

Environment engineer of LMC, Pankaj Bhusan, said, “When these transfer stations were set up there were no residential colonies around them. Now that residential areas have come up, LMC is looking for other spots to shift these transfer stations.”

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