Bhagtanwala Dump: Doctors claim smoke from dump site causing ailments
Four days after the death of Suresh Kumar (55), a resident of Bhagtanwala area, the district health authorities finally sent a seven-member team of doctors to screen the people living in localities near the Bhagtanwala dump, who have been up in arms against the authorities for the almost a month over the garbage issue.punjab Updated: Nov 30, 2014 23:25 IST
Four days after the death of Suresh Kumar (55), a resident of Bhagtanwala area, the district health authorities finally sent a seven-member team of doctors to screen the people living in localities near the Bhagtanwala dump, who have been up in arms against the authorities for the almost a month over the garbage issue.
The team that examined more than 400 patients on Sunday said that the prevailing filth in the area, coupled with the incessant smoke that arose from the dump, had led to chest-related ailments among residents of all ages in the localities situated close to the dump. Dr Pavneet Singh, who is leading the seven-member team of doctors, said that the patients screened on Sunday were mainly found to be suffering from bronchial ailments and allergic bronchitis.
"These and other chest-related problems in the patients, who were screened on Sunday, are mainly attributable to the filthy conditions prevailing in the localities around the Bhagtanwala garbage dump besides the smoke that emanates from the burning garbage," he said. He added that two seriously sick patients were referred to the civil hospital.
'Residents actually sick, politicians acting sick'
"While the residents in the localities around the dump are seriously sick, it's the politicians who are acting sick," said Sanjay Sharma, a resident. He stated that though the dump was situated in Amritsar South assembly segment, it contained the garbage of the entire city.
"The local politicians want to shun responsibility for the prevailing scenario and pass the buck to others. It is our humble appeal to them that they should stop politicising the matter and start finding solutions," Sharma added.
Plan to approach NGOs for help
Charging the government and the MC with failure in identifying a suitable landfill site, the protesters said that they intended to approach local NGOs, who were more likely to understand their anguish about the dump than the representatives of the government. "We shall sit with them to mull a way out of the prevailing scenario," Sharma said.
Residents mull moving court
Jai Inder Singh, another resident of Bhagtanwala area, said that if things do not work out for the better in the days to come the residents might approach the judiciary for help in the matter.
"We are waiting for the government's stance on the matter. If the issue is not sorted out soon, we might go ahead with our plan to embark on a hunger strike. We may also knock the doors of the court if nothing is done to resolve the dump issue at the earliest,' he said.
Officialspeak: Mayor Bakshi Ram Arora said that the issue pertaining to the Bhagtanwala dump had been brought to the notice of the government. "It is likely to be resolved in the coming few days," he said.