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Dhananjay Jha, Noida: Residents from several parts of the city have urged the administration to enforce more frequent waste-pickup drives, in
light of the spike in dengue, malaria and chikungunya cases in the region.
Heaps of garbage can be found lying on the roadsides in several parts of the city, including near Harola village, in front of entry exit gates of Sector 19/20, Sector 62, 31, 34, 33, 35, among others, raising health concerns. Nithari and Mamura villages, which lie in the heart of the city, too face the problem.
Residents and shop-owners insist that waste should be taken away at least thrice in a 24-hour cycle for the next few months.
“Many people have fallen ill in our sector. I have lodged a complaint with the the Noida authority to appoint sanitation staff to lift garbage two to three times daily and conduct regular fogging and spraying (to control mosquito population),” said Suresh Tiwary, a resident of Sector 19.
Residents have also complained of the foul smell arising from wet waste.
“There is always a foul smell coming from the dumps in our market. Shop owners are unhappy as their business is getting affected. We wish the authority would fix the problem and have sent our complaints to them in writing,” said Sushil Kumar Jain, president of Sector 18 market association.
“I have never seen authorities sending anyone to inspect and clean garbage dumps. We are scared of contracting diseases, especially after the Sarfabad case, where many people fell ill and some died,” said Purushottam Singh, a Harola resident.
The Noida authority has said its sanitation staff lifts waste from each dumping site in residential areas daily every morning at 9 am.
“From markets, we lift twice a day.