Municipal Corporation, Ludhiana, has delayed the second phase of anti-littering drive which was to be carried out in residential areas of the city. Earlier in November 2013, the drive carried out in commercial areas by the MC had received a good response.
It is worth mentioning that there are thousands of vacant plots where garbage is thrown by city residents, regularly.
MC officials had earlier claimed that this drive would be extended to residential areas to ensure cleanliness on roads and in areas.
Before the launch of the drive in commercial areas, MC had distributed pamphlets to shopkeepers cautioning them not to through garbage on roads and violators were subsequently fined.
During this drive, as many as 925 challans were issued to violators for throwing garbage on the main city roads. Health officer, Vipal Malhotra, said, "We had received a good response in commercials areas and had issued many challans to violators since the drive was commenced."
"The MC should also pay attention towards the garbage being thrown in residential areas. People living in residents areas should be sensitised about throwing garbage in vacant plots," said Harkanwal Singh, a resident of Urban Estate.
"Many of the vacant plots in the city have become garbage dumps due to which the people were a harried lot. We do complaints but no action is taken against the violators. We remain under risk of catching several diseases," a resident of Haibowal, Rajwinder Singh said.
MC joint commissioner and chief of sanitation wing Amarjit Singh Sekhon said, "In the second phase of this drive, we will first sensitise people residential areas and will impose fine on violators but there is no conformation as to when the drive will be carried out. We have collected fine from 925 violators in commercial areas. At first, we charge Rs 500 from a violator if he/she agrees to assure that they would not throw garbage otherwise, case is forwarded to the local court where he can be fined up to Rs 1,000", Sekhon said.