Sectors 16, 22 — official habitats, polar opposites

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 24, 2014 12:24 IST

Sector 16 and 22, which house government employees and are close to UT’s downtown Sector 17, are polar opposites in terms of cleanliness.

Sector 16, where senior officials of UT, Punjab and Haryana live, is largely clean, especially around the houses of these officials, albeit there are a few blots.

The city’s landmark Rose Garden is also in this sector. But the area behind the garden near the government nursery school has been dirtied with piles of garbage along the walls. The area behind the Sector-16 Government Model High School also suffers the same fate.

The sector’s green belts have also been polluted with construction debris and are in need of attention, especially the ones in 16B and near the general hospital.

The roads near the market also require cleaning as empty chips packets and other polythene bags have been littered around.
Sector 22 — one of the city’s oldest localities, and an area where middle to lower-level government officials live — has been neglected by the safai karamcharis, it appears, going by the plastic bags and tetra packs thrown along roadsides.

This is a common sight near the hotels and take-away joints of the sector as well.

The garden in Sector 22 B opposite Sanatan Dharam Mandir, and Sector 22C have not been cleaned properly either.

Arun, a resident, said, “We hardly ever see the sanitation workers. Even if they do clean the place, waste is left to pile up, especially in the green belts.

Filthy service lanes and stagnant water are other concerns in Sector 22.

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