Garbage heaps clog heart of city

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 23, 2014 12:36 IST

Sectors 20 and 33 of the central part of the city bear the brunt of improper garbage collection and disposal as heaps of waste are piled every few metres.

The municipal corporation has appointed about 40 safai karamcharis for each sector. Though these sweepers collect garbage from door-to-door everyday, they do not dispose them properly. Instead, they sweep the filth to the roadsides in small heaps.

The main park in Sector 20, which is adjacent to the government school, has a garbage heap in one corner.

Though sweepers claim to clean the park, it is apparent from the residue that withered leaves are burnt, making it an eyesore.
The park was also waterlogged. However, the councillor held that it was temporary as the place had been watered after many days.

The situation is similar in Sector 33 where residents and authorities resort to the blame game— residents accuse the sweepers of not being regular; sweepers blame it on the staff crunch, and the councillor in turn blames it on the cleaners’ indifference.

In both sectors, vacant green areas and open grounds are dismal as wild growth, plastic waste, disposable cups, bottles and garbage are common.

Sector 20’s Police colony in neglect

The Police Colony in Sector 20 is in a state of utter neglect as water supply to the houses here are through rusted pipes running through the sewerage.

There is extreme squalor behind the houses in this area, which is populated by cops, as garbage and kitchen leftovers are dumped in the open. It appears as if this has not been cleared in a long time.

A park here is beyond recognition as it is full of dense wild growth, heaps of night soil and mud. Choked sewers are a regular feature, and the manholes are cleaned only once a couple of months, that too when residents complain.

And even when these are cleaned, the refuse from the sewers are left on the road, much to chagrin of the residents. Inhabitants claim complaints usually fall on deaf ears.

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