Finally, MC starts lifting city garbage as police facilitate dumping at Bhagtawalan

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 10, 2015 20:51 IST

After living with unbearable stench emanating from heaps of garbage laying at every nook and corner for over a week, the holy city finally breathed some fresh air on Friday, with the municipal corporation resuming the lifting of garbage after police pacified and convinced Bhagtanwala residents to allow the dumping at the landfill site there.

As soon as the information that the MC will be dumping garbage at the site broke to the Bhagtanwala residents, they came out on the streets to protest against the move. They claimed that the garbage dumping would not only turn the area into an eyesore again, but also cause health problems to people living around the dump site.

With the residents refusing to listen the pleas of MC officials and even pits were dug up to prevent MC vehicles to reach the dump site, police teams led by additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-1) Parampal Singh reached the spot and convinced the agitating residents. Some of the residents were even pushed away and detained for some time.

Once the dharna was lifted, the MC officials swung into action and got the pits filled to pave the way to the MC tractor-trolleys carrying garbage to reach the dump site.

Police, in the meantime, kept the protesting residents at bay and forcibly took some of them away from the spot.

Notably, the MC, which was struggling to find a solution to the garbage problem, had rented a plot to construct an alternate pathway for its trolleys to reach the dump site.

Bhagtanwala residents have been protesting since long against the MC dumping garbage there, claiming that regular dumping of garbage has created health problems among people.

Talking to Hindustan Times, municipal commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal said, “As we are committed to keep the city clean, the lifting of garbage was started on Friday. A total of 150 trolleys of garbage were lifted from the city on Friday. We will clean the entire city in the next four days.”

Since the city is in a total mess due to non-lifting of garbage, Sabharwal said the MC employees would work even on Saturday and Sunday to ensure better sanitary condition. The garbage lifting was stopped for over the past one week.

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