Parks, bylanes: everyone’s favourite dumping spots

  • Aneesha Bedi, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 26, 2014 16:24 IST

Even as the city’s attention remains focused on the Swachh Bharat Campaign, a crippling lack of motivation is stymieing cleanliness in Sectors 18, 19 and 21 of the City Beautiful.

Open areas in Sector 21 appear to be more of dumping grounds due to the absence of dustbins in what is considered to be one of the oldest sectors in the city.
The green belt lying between Namdev Bhawan and the Community Centre in Sector 21 reflects a grim picture.

One is welcomed with a garbage heap right at the entrance of the park and if that wasn’t bad enough, sanitation workers sweep dried leaves and other debris to a corner instead of throwing them into a bin.

The only bin, which was broken, did not serve the purpose either.

Ironically, the two ‘safai karmcharis’ seen sweeping the park, did not even have proper brooms to do the needful.

They were seen using tree branches to do the cleaning, thereby explaining the lack of cleaning equipment and maintenance in the area.

One of the workers, Rakesh, 37, said, “We come here every day to clean but unfortunately, this is the best we can do with this tree branch.”

Mukesh Bassi, MC councillor of the area, said it was futile to sweep every day as the park was dotted with plastic bags, besides the heaps of garbage lying in different corners.

The bus stop of the sector also presents an abysmal picture as the back portion is used as a dumping ground.

The locals complain about the overriding stench and dirt in the residential colony, but they seem to have forgotten that they themselves end up throwing household refuse in the back lanes of their houses due to the lack of a proper garbage collection centre.

With heaps of rubbish dumped on roads and green patches, the ‘safai karamcharis’ chose to turn a blind eye in Sector 18 as well.

Residents said sanitation workers made only occasional visits to the colonies.

However, they claimed that the workers had become more regular in their visits instead of appearing only once a year during Diwali.

But the ‘malba’ (construction debris) collected right outside the Rotary Club reveals the callous attitude adopted by authorities who refuse to remove the filth in their own vicinity, let alone other areas.

A resident of this sector, requesting anonymity, said she was so fed up that she took it upon herself to regularly get the area and the back lane of the Rotary Club cleaned by requesting the municipal corporation councillor to take action as the foul odour made it unbearable for people to pass through this area.

Even the green belt opposite the most popular attractions of the city, the Tagore Theatre, is dotted with discarded tetra packs.

The situation is Sector 19, known for the famous ‘Rehri’ market, is no different.

The most common point of disgrace to the nationwide cleanliness campaign noticed here was how residents chose to litter the area right next to a dustbin, be it in the park for children, or the area lying between the ‘Rehri’ market and the government quarters.

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