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East Delhi garbage raises fear of disease

Garbage strewn on roads in East Delhi’s Laxmi Nagar as the sanitation workers continued with their strike on Monday.

The residents complained of inconvenience caused due to the piling up of garbage.

“Garbage is piling up since last week. Not only is the smell a big problem but we also fear spread of diseases,” a Laxmi Nagar resident told ANI.

The sanitation workers have called for an indefinite strike earlier on Thursday demanding payment of pending salaries of three months.

The strike has turned the area which also has a number of unauthorised colonies in a mess.

The workers have also raised their other demands including regularisation of staff and clearance of arrears.

The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) workers had earlier struck work in January and October in 2015, posing serious health and hygiene challenge to the authorities.

The strike in 2015 was called off after the intervention of the Delhi High Court.