Two of the city’s busiest sectors— 20 and 4—seem to be grappling with cleanliness as officials concentrate on the main roads, leaving the inner areas to remain dirty.
In Sector 4, main roads leading to the markets are tidy, whereas those leading to residential areas are still in a poor condition. In addition, huge heaps of garbage in vacant plots leave a stench in the air. It is notable that this vacant land is near a traffic police station in the residential area. Residents claim no action has been taken in spite of several complaints.
Girish Khanna, a Sector-4 resident, said, “It really stinks in the evening. These vacant plots have turned into dumping yards. The sanitation workers do not bother cleaning the place.”
Sector 20 does not escape the fate either, in spite of having mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia for a councillor. While the area in front of her house is clean, the localities nearby remain dirty. Even the numerous vacant plots surrounding her house have been turned into waste disposal sites. Stray cows and dogs also frequent these spots, and add to the filth there.
Neeti Sharma, a resident, said, “We have complained to her about the dirty surroundings. And she promised to provide a solution soon. Though sanitation workers pull up their socks and get working for a few days after a complaint, they go back to their old ways before long. The area around Ashiana Colonies, which are allotted to slum dwellers, is also a major concern."