Garbage dumps in city may remain a core issue in Pathankot civic polls

  • Vinay Dhingra, Hindustan Times, Pathankot
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2015 18:07 IST

Heaps of garbage lying in the open at every nook and corner of the town may become a core issue in the forthcoming civic polls. The issue is likely to bring embarrassment to both major parties — Congress and SAD-BJP combine — as the conditions here have not changed since past many years during the regimes of both these parties.

Residents, who have raised their voice against poor cleanliness all around the city many a times, want a permanent solution to the deteriorating conditions, especially when it rains and heaps of garbage spread foul smell.

Though the stray cattle menace and broken streets and roads are also going to be figure prominently in the polls, the residents seems to be sick of the garbage and want a solution at the earliest.

Naveen Kumar, a resident of Shahpur Chowk locality, said in the narrow streets of his locality, garbage dumps give no space to people walk, while children mostly return home with dirty shoes. “The street poses a look of the hell here and we will show them when they come here to ask for votes from us,” he concluded.

“It is learnt that officials will be placing garbage containers across the town; will it stop filth from spreading,” asked BD Chugh, president of the Jan Jagran Manch.

“Most of the locals who are responsible for this condition of the town will throw their garbage out of the bins that will further enhance the problem,” he claimed.

“They should pick the garbage from every household in small autos,” said Chugh, adding, the locals should take a pledge from the candidates that they would keep the city clean.

Mandal president BJP’s Anil Rampal, however, claimed that it was the Congress-run council earlier and the BJP would lift the face of the town if comes to power in the corporation.

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