Report by: 
Port Blair
18 Sep 2018

Garbage scourge for Junglighat residents

While the Sunday vegetable market at Junglighat has gained immense popularity over the years, encroachment of public spaces and heaps of garbage discarded by vendors has become pain for those residing in government quarters located in the vicinity of the market. A visit by this Correspondent last Sunday revealed how garbage problem becomes all pervasive for residents of the government quarters particularly on Sundays. While the Sunday vegetable market is permitted by the Municipal Council to facilitate cultivators from different parts of South Andaman to sell their produce, the civic body should ensure spaces near the government accommodations should be left free and fix responsibility on vendors to dispose of the garbage after the market rather than putting burden on the overloaded sanitary workforce. “We literally can’t move out of our homes on Sunday during the vegetable market. Cultivators and customers gather in huge numbers and encroach upon every available space at Junglighat including areas near our quarters, footpaths and parking spaces since early morning every Sundays. One can find heaps of trash strewn all over at Junglighat after the Vegetable Market, which lasts till around 3 pm. The civic body should take appropriate steps in the interest of hundreds of government employees residing in quarters at Junglighat,” said some employees.