Meghalaya: ‘Remember 2023 elections’ residents tell Sniawbhalang over inaction against Marten waste dumping ground
Residents of Mawlai Mawiong were irked over the Marten waste dumping ground issue on Wednesday and expressed their displeasure against the ‘inaction’ of municipal minister Sniawbhalang Dhar, despite the ground emitting foul smell and becoming a source for health concerns.
Agitated by the same, the youth body of Mawlai (Seng Samla Shnong Mawlai Pyllun) also locked down the ground and prevented garbage trucks from further dumping the waste on the site.
“Sniawbhalang Dhar should remember that the 2023 elections are not far away. If the people are being made to suffer despite the repeated complaints we have made, then we know what to do when the time comes,” said an enraged resident of the area, who lives close to the waste dumping site.
“Why are we being made to suffer? We have our houses in the area and have to inhale the disgusting smell every day. The ground has now gone beyond its capacity. Does the minister not see that it is a potential health hazard?” said another agitated resident.
The local legislator of Mawlai, Process T. Sawkmie had urged Sniawbhalang last week to remove the ground immediately and take the matter seriously.
Sawkmie had stated that Sniawbhalang should take measures to shift the Marten ground to a new site on a priority basis as the ground had gone beyond its capacity.
The headman of the Mawiongrim area, S.L. Nongpiur had also cited concerns on the inaction, stating that numerous complaints were raised regarding the situation where the foul smell emitted during the summer heat and rainy season were causes of concern for the residents.
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