Vrindavan, 2017.11.17 (VT): The Mathura-Vrindavan Nagar Nigam has announced plans to collect garbage from door to door, starting this week. Reports say that three autos or small trucks will go out at 7:30 am and spend two hours daily collecting trash directly from home owners.
Initially, the service will be tested on a limited area of town. Gopinath Bazar, Gopinath Bag, Gopinath Nagla, Gyangudri, Gopeshwar, Rangji Nagla, Dusayat, Madanmohan ghera, Kalidah, Athkhambha, Gautam Para, Vyas Ghera, Govind Bagh, Bhakti Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Gaushala Nagar, Tarash Mandir, Gurukul Road, Atalla Chungi and Davanal Kund are included in the first phase of the new program.
The collected garbage will be disposed of near Pagal Baba ashram.
According to the Nagar Nigam act of 1959, dumping garbage in the street or the drains of a municipal corporation is a punishable offense. This move by the government to begin door-to-door trash pickup is in response to an order by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Local residents say that door-to-door trash pickup could be the perfect solution to the garbage problem in Vrindavan. As of now, there is no good place for neighborhoods to place their garbage. Even when bins are available, the monkeys come and spread the garbage all over the street. Furthermore, the city rarely empties the bins on time, leading most people to burn their trash – a major cause of air pollution in the holy city.
“The government makes many promises, which are later broken,” said local resident Krishna Das. “I really want to be happy about the new program, but I will reserve my praise for the government until I see the results.” (V)