Amritsar: Strike over, but there is no respite from garbage in posh areas

  • Divya Sharma, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2016 21:02 IST
Litter strewn across Lawrence Road; (below) heaps of garbage dumped in the open at Ranjit Avenue in Amritsar on Sunday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)

Days after sanitation workers of the municipal corporation ended their strike in the city, there seems to be no change on the ground as heaps of garbage can be seen on prominent streets of the city.

A visit to “posh” areas of the city presented a “dirty” picture on Sunday. Banned polybags and other household as well as commercial refuse were seen strewn across Lawrence Road. The entire stretch along Nehru Shopping Complex was in a deplorable state. Waste material was disposed of outside shops, on pavements and also along the road divider.

Ajay Sharma, who owns a sweetmeat shop on Lawrence Road, said: “We have become used to seeing garbage on the streets. Although things have improved, sanitation remains a major concern.”

Gautam Arora, who manages a store, said being a posh area, Lawrence Road is expected to be cleaner than other parts of the city. “However, there is filth all around as a lot of people visit the place regularly,” he said.

Even the Lawrence extension road that houses multiple eating joints remains filthy. Heaps of garbage can be seen lying on both sides of the road, making it difficult for visitors and commuters to pass this stretch.

Subash Sharma, owner of an eatery, said: “Although sanitation workers do come to collect garbage, the number and frequency should be increased.”

Residents said the area needs a designated dumping ground. Manish Gaba, a businessman, said: “The area needs more dumping grounds, as there is hardly any space to throw waste material. Collective efforts have to be made by residents as well as the authorities.”

The situation at another prime location, Ranjit Avenue, is no different. The commercial market in B-block that houses a number of business outlets and offices lacks sanitation. Ashutosh, who works at a multinational company having its office in the area, said: “The authorities are not concerned about the area.”

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