The grade III and IV employees of the civic body went on a three-day strike from Tuesday, bringing the trash disposal work to a grinding halt.
Garbage littered on streets and spilling trash bins were a common scene across the city on Tuesday. As always, residents were at the receiving end. They had no option but to bear with the intolerable stench at home and outside. Many wrapped their faces with hankies.
“The piles of garbage are causing an unbear-able stench and inviting flies to our neighbourhood. It is a shame that the civic body did not make any alternative arrangement after the strike was called and allowed the city to turn into a stinking junkyard,” Abhinav Kumar, a resident of Srikrishna Nagar told The Telegraph.
Not everybody was aware of the strike. Some residents thought the trash would be carted away. But their hope dashed as the sun set.
The morning showers only worsened the situation. By evening, the wet and spilling garbage bins became a horror for the residents. They wondered what the situation would be like in the next couple of days.
“I was coming back home from Ashok Rajpath through Frazer Road to my place at the Boring Road area and felt sick because of the foul smell on the streets. I wonder what would happen in the next two days (of the strike),” said Prakash Kumar.
Prakash and other citizens would have to tolerate the garbage menace at least till Wednesday, said Chandra Prakash Singh, the president of Patna Municipal Corporation Staff Union.
“We had a talk with PMC commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pal and he assured us of not taking action against any daily wager. The commissioner told us that the civic workers would clean the internal streets and neighbourhoods of the city. Only the main roads and big canals would be taken care of by the Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation. However, the strike would continue as scheduled unless some development takes place in the talks to be held with commissioner tomorrow (Wednesday),” said Singh.
Besides the trash disposal, the residents feared that strike would have an impact on water supply. But officials themselves went to pump houses and ensured smooth water supply.