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Now stinking ‘dhalaos’ to make way for public toilets

The Hindu, 03 March 2014


An NDMC garbage ‘dhalao’.Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

NEW DELHI: The stinking and unsightly garbage collection points or ‘dhalaos’ will soon be a thing of the past in many parts under the New Delhi Municipal Council and make way for public toilets instead. The Council has drawn up a new solid waste disposal plan to pick up garbage from people’s doorsteps and transport it directly to the waste management plants for disposal in a scientific and mechanised manner, NDMC chairman Jalaj Srivastava said.


The NDMC said that waste disposal would now be done through an Integrated Waste Management System by collecting waste from the households and other sites and transporting it directly to the Timarpur-Okhla Waste Management Co. Ltd. plant. “This will eliminate the need for ‘dhalao’ points, which have caused unhygienic conditions and dissatisfaction among people,” Mr. Srivastava said, adding that eventually, these ‘dhalaos’ will be converted into much-needed public toilets.


As part of the process, there are plans to construct state-of-the-art transfer stations in the NDMC area to increase efficiency in collection of waste and provide quick removal of garbage. For this, Mr. Srivastava said, the Council will ensure timely availability of garbage transport vehicles.


The NDMC will provide for removal of garbage to terminal disposal sites at night to ensure that the garbage transporting vehicles do not interfere with the regular vehicular movement on the roads. Besides, the garbage would be covered to ensure that there is no spillage during transfer.


In another move, the NDMC is planning to procure new and improved insecticides for its vector control programme.


The Council chairperson said awareness will be created among the residents’ welfare associations (RWAs), market/trade associations and contractors of the Central Public Works Department buildings about the use of new design coolers in which mosquitoes shall be prevented from breeding or even entering.