Festive season coming up, MCD cleans Maidan

Maintaining cleanliness at Ramlila Maidan had figured high on the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's list of priorities for the last 12 days. The situation had not changed on Monday.

After the fast ended on Sunday, the MCD once again deployed around 120 sanitation workers at the ground.

Leaders of the MCD say the ground generated around 1,000 tonnes of garbage in 10 days of protest. The MCD has, on an average, removed 100 tonnes of garbage from the Maidan since the protest was launched at the Ramlila Maidan.

According to Leader of House in the MCD Subhash Arya, 20 to 22 trucks had been making repeated rounds of the Maidan every day since the protest began. "Six tonnes of garbage can be loaded in small trucks and additional two tonnes on bigger ones," said Arya.

The civic body had also deployed around 250 employees at the site of the fast from the horticulture, engineering and sanitation departments. Out of them, about 120 were sanitation workers at the grounds and about half of them were exclusively assigned to keep the grounds clean. Four front-end loaders, five excavators and 10 trucks were used to prepare the venue before the start of the fast. The work done by the MCD at the venue includes sanitation, pumping out puddles from the ground and levelling the surface.

"A compactor is also used by the corporation to press the garbage collected from the grounds daily, before sending it to the landfill site. Most of the staff and equipment being used by the MCD has been diverted from the civic body's headquarters," said an MCD official.

The MCD has to prepare the ground by September 1 for an organisation called Bharat Mukti Morcha, which has booked it for a day. Following that, the Ramlila Committee has booked the grounds for Dusshera and other festivities from September 8.

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