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Despite govt's nod to fine Buddha Nullah litterbugs, MC turns a blind eye

Buddha Nullah, which is already severely polluted due to inflow of effluents from industries and poses risk to health of the residents living in the areas along the water body, huge piles of garbage littered in it have added to their woes.

punjab Updated: Jan 31, 2015 07:51 IST
Tarsem Singh Deogan
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Buddha-Nullah-is-severely-polluted-due-to-inflow-of-effluents-from-industries-HT-photo

Buddha Nullah, which is already severely polluted due to inflow of effluents from industries and poses risk to health of the residents living in the areas along the water body, huge piles of garbage littered in it have added to their woes.

The municipal corporation (MC) had imposed a ban on dumping of garbage alongside the nullah. In a decision taken during a meeting of the Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) in January last year, the MC had come out with a policy to impose a fine of `5,000 if anyone was found dumping garbage in the nullah. The MC had also sent a letter to the state government for approval.

The government, giving a nod to the proposal, had allowed the local bodies to impose the fine, but the ground reality has not changed much since as both the civic body and the area residents have not taken it seriously. As a result, the littering is rampant in the area.

According to area residents, despite repeated complaints to the MC and the area councillor, nothing has been done to address the problem. "The foul smell emitting from the garbage heaps during rain leaves us breathless. It is impossible to live nearby because of stink and threat of outbreak of a number of diseases," said area residents.

Moreover, stray animals, including dogs, feasting on garbage dumps, are a big threat to the area residents. The stray animals follow passersby and incidents of dog bites have also been reported from the areas along the nullah. Stray cows and oxen also create hurdles in smooth flow of traffic and many times result in road mishaps too.

Area residents said the leaders and politicians used to visit the area in elections only and used to make hollow promises of lifting garbage dumps from the area, but after elections they used to overlook the problem. The MC has not taken initiative to lift the garbage from the area.

"We had suggested the MC to install CCTVs in the area to keep a tab on the people throwing garbage, but no one bothers," said Amolak Singh, an area resident.