Due to non-lifting of garbage on a regular basis by the sanitation staff of the municipal council, the whole of Batala town is fast turning into a garbage dump. The heaps of garbage, lying in every nook and corner of the city, have irked the residents who have blamed the apathy of the MC officials towards regular lifting of garbage for the problem.
These heaps of garbage not only give an ugly look to the town but also emit foul smell, making the lives of the locals difficult. There is not even one area in the whole town where heaps of garbage cannot be seen.
According to information, about 10 to 12 tonnes of garbage is dumped out of the city every day for which the administration has only five sites in different parts of the city but due to their overflowing condition and the non-availability of any other site the problem is taking a horrible shape day by day.
Earlier, the council was dumping all the garbage outside the old building of slaughterhouse and a dump at a residential area at Kahajuri Gate but after these two sites started overflowing, the council started disposing the entire dump into the Hansli drain, to which the drainage department objected to.
The drainage department had also issued many notices to the MC for the illegal dump of garbage into the drain, which once again forced the council to dispose of the entire garbage into the city limits.
"One can easily gauge the effectiveness of the MC working by seeing huge heaps of garbage lying outside the ESI hospital. If the situation is bad in front of the hospital, where proper cleanliness is required, what to talk of the other localities," said Sandeep Datta, a local.
Local Congress MLA Ashwani Sekhri passes through Khajuri Gate every day while going to office but it seems these heaps of garbage have failed to affect him.
The situation on Green Avenue, Bhandari Gate, Gopal Nagar, Hathi Gate, Krishna Nagar, Cinema Road, SL Bawa College Road and Orhi Gate is no different.
According to city residents, though they have repeatedly apprised the local councillors and the MC officials of the problem, nothing has been done so far.
"Non-availability of a dumping ground, lack of willingness among safai karamcharis with the MC and an apathetic approach of the MC has led to the problem," said Rajinder Mahajan, a resident of Thathari Gate.
When contacted, executive officer Rajesh Khokhar said all those sites where the council was dumping the garbage had already started overflowing, thus he had called for a JCB machine to make proper place for dumping more garbage, but the machine was not available to them for the past many days.