With local officials turning a blind eye towards the lack of proper civic amenities in Batala, the entrance of ESI hospital situated behind the posh Dharampur colony has turned into a garbage dump, forcing residents to live in hell-like conditions.
The heaps of garbage, lying in every nook and corner of this colony, have become a nuisance for the area residents who accuse MC officials of being apathetic towards lifting of garbage from the area.
These heaps of garbage are not only an eyesore but also emit foul smell, making day to day living of the local residents very difficult.
During a visit to the colony, HT found that most of the lanes of this posh locality presented a dingy picture, as there are heaps of garbage, mud and filth, which have not been removed for the past many days.
"One can easily gauge the effectiveness of the MC functioning by seeing huge heaps of garbage lying just on the entrance gate of ESI hospital, forcing the patients to look for an alternative way to enter into the hospital. If the situation is so bad near the hospital, what to talk of the other localities of the city," said Sanjeev Sanan, a local resident.
The residents alleged that this situation has arisen only due to the negligence on the part of civic authorities. They warned that if no immediate action is taken to remove the garbage out of the area, there might be an outbreak of serious diseases.
With the sewerage water accumulated on the front gate of the hospital, it is difficult to enter into the hospital. The administration should take immediate steps to ensure proper cleanliness of the area.
Sanjeev Sanan, resident
The insanitary conditions are not only affecting the health of area residents but also affecting our business. Though the area residents have apprised the civic authorities of the problem but they have turned deaf ears to our repeated requests.
Rahul Kumar, shopkeeper
It is the duty of the administration to provide clean and healthy atmosphere to the residents, but by dumping garbage in a residential colony right in front of the hospital building, the council is violating the law.
Balwinder Mehta, resident
I have already directed the sanitary inspector of the locality to take all appropriate measures to get the garbage lifted in the area at the earliest and ensure proper cleanliness in the locality at a regular level.
MS Randhawa, MC executive officer