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Banquet halls create a trail of garbage in Pathankot

Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times  Pathankot, January 29, 2014
First Published: 21:48 IST(29/1/2014) | Last Updated: 21:50 IST(29/1/2014)

Heaps of garbage is a common sight near various banquet halls in the city where various functions are held as the organisers pay scant regard to the troubles of those living in immediate neighbourhood.

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Once these functions get over, stray animals and birds flock near their venue to feed upon the waste food material. While some people prefer  riverbeds and open spaces to dispose of such material, others burn the garbage, thus creating air pollution in the localities.

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Dr Vijay Arora, former assistant civil surgeon, says this smoke is dangerous and harmful for the brain and lungs.

The foam used in making the disposable utensils emits coloured smoke which affects lungs badly, Arora says.

When contacted Pathankot deputy commissioner (DC) Siben C said, "I will issue strict guidelines to banquet hall owners and hoteliers to dump the garbage properly. I also expect cooperation from the local residents who arrange functions at home to dump the garbage at the dumping yards set up by the municipal body."

Citizens speak:

"My residence is near a banquet hall and I well understand the agony one has to undergo while living in such neighbourhood. The banquet hall owners have no fear of the authorities concerned as they are never penalised," rued Vimal Kumar, a resident of Dhangu Road.

Rajesh Thukral, an advocate: Strict guidelines should be made for the owners of the banquet halls who spread disposable garbage in the open after functions.

Authorities speak

"I will issue strict guidelines to banquet hall owners and hoteliers to dump the garbage properly. I also expect cooperation from the local residents who arrange functions at home to dump the garbage at the dumping yards set up by the municipal body", said Pathankot deputy commissioner (DC) Siben C.

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