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Pathankot to face sanitation problem

Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times  Pathankot, August 12, 2014
First Published: 22:24 IST(12/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:46 IST(12/8/2014)

There will be sanitation problems in the town as the safai workers' unions have once again decided to go on strike from Wednesday morning.

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The unions had ended their five-day strike on Monday. The workers who had started clearing the old dumps accumulated due to their ongoing strike have left the work midway, leaving sewage and garbage still lying in many parts of the town.

Even if the administration is able to convince the safai karamchari unions, which is not easy, the town is likely to stink on Independence Day.

Seeing the condition of the town where large heaps of garbage are scattered in almost all parts and sewerages are chocked at many places, it may take many days to clear the garbage, locals feel.

BD Chugh, president of the Jan Jagran Manch, said, "I don't see any miracles happening overnight. It is a big town and there is a small force with the corporation. The civic amenities which are already in bad shape here must be declared emergency services as the threat of an epidemic looms large."

Roshan Lal Soni of the union said, "We had demanded a written agreement, which was not given, so we are left with no option but to go on strike from Wednesday. He said though their strike was continuing, following a misunderstanding their workers started work, which they had stopped now.

"The town is facing problems but they do not understand our problems and are not ready to lend an ear to us," he said.

Sanitary inspectors Sanjeev Kalia and Dheeraj Sharma, in-charge, sanitation, said, "We had worked late night on Monday and had tried to clear the maximum area of garbage, but as the area is large and needs time to clear the backlog of many days, the news of their strike once again is not good."

Deputy commissioner Sukhvinder Singh, when asked about his strategy to deal with the problem, especially when the Independence Day celebrations were around the corner, said he would soon chalk out a plan with the help of the commissionor and senior officials of the corporation. "We will try to convince them as the celebration is in national interest, which they would understand", he said.

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