At Mansa Devi Complex’s Sectors 1-4, the clean inner areas are a stark contrast to the filth-ridden villages. The Gandhi Colony slum and the open drain near the Mansa Devi temple are the undoing of the area.
The slum is on the banks of the open drain, and dwellers use it as a dumping yard. The Mansa Devi temple is close by, and the shopkeepers at the temple market also dump waste into the open drain, especially because there are no dustbins in the market.
It is difficult to even stand near this drain which is filled with stagnant refuse water, wild growth and garbage, because of the stench. The shopkeepers say that the employees of the temple board also throw garbage in the drain.
Adding to this squalor is the water from the slum which remains stagnant on the road to the temple.
The road to Saketri village from MDC’s Sector 4 is in a deplorable condition with heaps of garbage and cow dung.
The area outside the Government Senior Secondary School here is just as bad with filth from the municipal corporation’s bins spilling out on to the roads.
The Bhaisa Tibba village also suffers the same fate with a drain behind it being the source of stench during rainfall. It is covered with wild growth and garbage.
However, the residential areas of these sectors have been maintained well with roads swept clean and the green stretches and parks pruned.