The municipalities in Kotkpaura, Jaitu and Farikdot have failed to construct walled garbage collection points. No effort is being made in this regard even when the Swachh Bharat campaign is going on throughout the country. Heaps of household garbage can be seen anywhere and everywhere with animals rummaging through the waste.
The private firms hired to collect garbage from households in the said towns dump it on roadsides, making it difficult to pass by. Stray animals scatter the waste on to the roads and drains get blocked. Residents living in areas where such dumps exist are the worst sufferers.
“The garbage dumps on roadsides are an eyesore as well as a health hazard. Garbage dumped on Saturday is not cleared on Monday. In Kotkapura, garbage dumps are in close proximity to Chahal market, government senior secondary school for girls, powercom office and old grain market. There was proposal to collect dry and wet waste in separate bins, but that is not being done. The municipality has failed to live u to the expectations of the people,” said Rajinder Singh Jassal, a resident of Kotapura.
Interestingly, angry residents have written abusive slogans against the civic body at many garbage dumping points. Outside a government primary school in Jiwan Nagar, the locals fenced the dumping area and planted saplings to not let garbage dumped there. Similar modus operandi was adopted by the district institute of education and training in Faridkot to get rid of the waste dump.
“Work on walled dumping points started in Faridkot, but the project is incomplete. The situation has turned worse as the company hired to collect garbage has stopped doing so four days ago,” said Aman Warring, a resident of Harindra Nagar, Faridkot.
“Situation is no better in Jaitu town. There are garbage dumps outside schools, markets and government offices and no one bothers,” said Rakesh Kumar Ghokha, president of Market Sudhar Committee, Jaitu.
Mountain of garbage can be seen at the Kotkapura municipal committee’s dumping site on Muktsar road. Civic body officials claim that despite their efforts, people are not ready to give land for garbage dump.
When contacted, Faridkot DC Malwinder Singh Jaggi said he would get it checked and take measures to solve the problems.