A garbage-filled drain flowing right across Sectors 5 and 6 of Mansa Devi Complex (MDC), an upscale locality here, is an indication of the area’s cleanliness status.
MDC’s weekly vegetable market (Apni Mandi) is held in Sector 6 every Monday. But, the ground was littered with plastic bags and vegetable peels even on Wednesday.
This sparsely populated sector shares its boundary with Chandigarh and is yet to be fully developed. Many of the vacant plots here have unchecked wild growth.
An open ground is used a large-scale dumping yard with the waste collected from all over MDC piled up here.
However, the municipal corporation (MC) workers do not transport this huge mass of junk to the city’s dumping ground in Sector 23. When the heap becomes too big, it is just burnt.
As a large part of the sector is low-lying, a pond of stagnant water has also formed here.
The open drain of Sector 6 continues flowing through Sector 5 as well carrying along with it filth, wild growth and dirty water. It cuts across both residential areas as well as the markets, spreading a foul smell throughout its course.
The drain does not seem to have ever been cleaned, and it is worsened by people who use it for urinating and throwing trash.
The park along Group Housing 2 is yet another embarrassment of the posh locality. Littered with garbage, polythene, broken earthen pots and other debris, it makes an ugly picture.
MC executive officer SK Chauhan said, “We are launching the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan from November 20 in Panchkula. And MDC’s turn will be on December 9 and 10. All the dump yards will be cleaned then.”