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Long way to go before cleanliness becomes a new way of life here

From stinking toilets to overflowing garbage bins, the office of Panchkula deputy commissioner cries for major attention. The clean floors might be a saving grace, but the state of public toilets is a major worry.

chandigarh Updated: Nov 11, 2014 12:47 IST
HT Correspondent

From stinking toilets to overflowing garbage bins, the office of Panchkula deputy commissioner cries for major attention. The clean floors might be a saving grace, but the state of public toilets is a major worry.

No staff to clean toilets

The office has 10 toilets for the general public, but there is no permanent staff to maintain the facility. In fact, the toilets are not being cleaned even as all the offices of several departments within the building employing their own temporary workers for the job.

The toilets are cleaned, just once in the morning, and the perfunctionary job done means the public is left to face the stink for the rest of the day.

Rohit Anand, a resident of Sector 2, and a visitor to the office, said it was quite unfortunate that the DC office’s cleanliness was so poor. “If the officer is indifferent to maintaining cleanliness in his own office, one can judge his commitment to the city.” He is just one of the 1,000-odd people visiting the DC office, so the anger is building up.

Stinking in the toilets start much before one enters them.

On the ground floor of the DC office, none of the three toilets had lavatory seats in working condition. Expecting a soap to have been kept would have been a mistake.

A sweeper in the office said more staff needed to be hired to ensure cleanliness.

“There are only five sweepers for the building, including three on deputation from the MC office,” he told HT on the condition of anonymity.

Overflowing garbage bin

On Monday, a garbage bin, inside the joint car parking of the DC office and Panchkula district court had been filled to capacity with filth all around, signaling irregular lifting of the garbage. No dustbins were visible. The foliage around the building is ill-maintained. An official claimed that seven new dustbins would soon be installed around the DC office building. DC SS Phulia could not be contacted.