No Auto start, Cleanliness drives needed most in most markets

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 12, 2014 21:52 IST

The UT and its satellite towns are not without their filthy pockets. Bereft of maintenance, motor markets are such spots that have been bearing the brunt of administrative and public apathy. The HT campaign visits the motor markets in Mani Majra, Sectors

The Mani Majra motor market, one of the biggest in the region, looks more like a large scale dump yard with garbage heaps, which have not been cleared for many months; construction debris and stinking urinals.

A spot in the Mani Majra motor market and (right) garbage heaps and abandoned cars found aplenty in the Chandigarh market, on Tuesday.The other two markets — in Sector 48 and 38 — also suffer the same fate, making them unsightly spots in City Beautiful.

When the HT team visited the markets on Tuesday, the Chandigarh municipal corporation’s indifference shone through all the filth.Established in 1978, the Mani Majra market has over 500 shops and about a thousand mechanics working outside the shops, illegally. But there are only two dustbins for the market. And MC workers sweep the place only once in a fortnight.

Even the sparse green patches in the dusty market have been encroached by the mechanics. Coupled with the fact that abandoned vehicles have been parked all over the place, this has led to commuters finding it a challenge to wade through all the chaos.


Garbage heaps, water leaking all over and unbearable stench from urinals, even at the entrance of the market, make an ugly picture.While the market houses more than 400 shops, there is only one dustbin for the entire area. Shopkeepers claim even that is cleared only once a month.


The sector 38 market wears a neglected look with road leading to it dotted with metallic waste such discarded wheels, packing material, iron and steel. Shop exteriors and vacant spots are also littered with such waste, adding to the clutter.
Making things worse, the mechanics and visitors also spit on the walls and on roadsides. The market has an image of not having been cleaned in a long time. The community of shopkeepers and mechanics also doesn’t pay any attention to the unchecked littering around them.

They add to the problem by leaving oil and grease spills on the road.Mani Majra councillor Deshraj Gupta said he was helpless as, in spite of urging officials to order a cleanup of the place, nothing was ever done. Now, they have assured me to hold a sanitation drive within a week, he said.

Mani Majra sanitary inspector Darshan Kumar also echoed helplessness and said, “We clean up the area once in 15 days as we are short staffed. We have only 7 sweepers working to clean the area.”

Sector 48 councillor Davesh Moudgil said, “Several times we have requested the authorities to depute more sweepers. But, they end up paying full salaries to the contractor for ghost employees as well.”
Sector 38 councillor Arun Sood said he was doing his best to get the area cleaned and promised to get the authorities to hold more cleanliness drives in the area.

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