SHILLONG, Nov 12: Single residents from the city who have to leave their home early in the morning are faced with the problem of disposing their domestic wastes.
There are complaints emerging from localities of Greater Laitumkhrah and elsewhere that the garbage van arrives between 8:30 AM and 9:30 AM in the morning when these residents have already left their home for work.
As a result, these residents have to deal with an unwarranted stench because their timings aren’t matching with the garbage picking vans in the morning.
Few such residents said that in other cities in the country, these civic vans start plying from early morning whereas in case of the garbage vans being operated by the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB), morning breaks only after 8:30am.
Single residents, who have no other members at home, are caught in a queer situation due to late morning operation of SMB garbage vans in the city. These residents are living in an utter complex situation where they cannot throw their refusals anywhere else for fear of being fined whereas the dustbins from the localities of Greater Laitumkhrah have all been dismantled.
These residents are questioning now how can the SMB run such an arbitrary civic service without any option or concern for all section of society. It is learnt that among these section of society are the office goers, college and university students who have to leave as early 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM in the morning and if the SMB starts running a morning hour van then much of the trouble that they are facing can be resolved.
There are opinions from residents of other localities in the city that the timing pattern of the SMB garbage vans are also contributing in littering of public streets and lanes.
While acknowledging the SMB for running sufficient number of vans, in some localities, if not all, people are of the opinion that the disparity in timing of the garbage vans if checked can be of much use to their cause given the fact that all dustbins have been removed from the city.