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Absence of daily workers affects garbage collection in Mapusa

MAPUSA: The high-voltage Karnataka assembly elections have triggered an exodus of daily workers from Goa to their homeland to exercise their franchise resulting in the non collection of garbage in Mapusa. It has been more than a week since the workers have gone to their villages and residents of Mapusa municipality are forced to dump their garbage at various dumping points in the town.

The civic body meanwhile is struggling to handle the door-to-door garbage due to the shortage of daily workers.

Currently MMC has around 71 daily workers who are involved in garbage collection in 20 wards, since the last one week hardly 30 workers are reporting for work, as a result the daily collection of garbage gets affected. The permanent workers are used for collection of garbage from various collection points in the city. Sources said that daily workers mostly comprise of migrants from the neighbouring state. Since the employees are on daily wage, the MMC has no control over the workers.

A resident Firoz Khan said, “Since the last few days there is an issue of daily garbage collection from households and as a result residents are forced to dump garbage at open spaces”.

Another local residing in an apartment said that it has been more than 8 days since an MMC worker has collected the garbage. He said that they are forced to throw garbage at the collection center.

He further added that a similar problem took place during the Ganesh and Diwali festivities but MMC is not taking any action against the employees who are not returning on time for work.

Chairperson Rohan Kavlekar said, we have daily workers who have gone to their native place to vote and are yet to return disrupting the door-to-door collection of garbage in the town.

Chief officer Clen Madeira said, that due to such problems the MMC wanted to outsource the collection of garbage on a trial basis. He said that the council will re-tender the work in the coming week.

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