Even after it assured that a prompt action will be taken regarding lifting of garbage from outside Bhai Piara Singh Ward of the All India Pingalwara Charitable Society (AIPCS), the municipal corporation has failed to do the needful.
With piles of garbage emitting intolerable stink and waterlogged road providing a breeding ground to mosquitoes, the situation outside the ward remains has remained unaltered.
The situation has not improved even after the AIPCS sent a letter to the MC authorities urging them to clear the piles of garbage from outside the ward. The HT had also highlighted the issue.
What is worse is that the Mata Mehtab Kaur Ward, the Pingalwara society's female ward located near Ram Talai, is also facing the same problem. The mound of garbage behind the building is increasing with every passing day, making it difficult to even stand inside the building.
"Even if we get the garbage lifted from outside the wards, the problem can be solved only if throwing of garbage is completely stopped there. It is the responsibility of the MC to assure cleanliness in the city," said AIPCS chairperson Dr Inderjit Kaur.
"It is unfortunate that despite repeated requests to the authorities concerned, garbage continues to pile outside the wards. Both these wards house patients who require utmost care and clean environment," said Col Darshan Singh Bawa (retd), administrator with the AIPCS.
It is not only Pingalwara, which is facing the problem. Various buildings, lanes and roads have turned into dumping grounds, where piles of garbage lie unattended. Be it posh colonies or commercial establishments, the lack of sanitation is visible everywhere.
"It is unfortunate that neither the local MP nor any MLA has raised the voice against this problem. What is worse is that garbage is collected and transported in open trolleys because of which the stink spreads and half of the garbage gets scattered on roads," said Brij Bedi, a city-based social activist.
Bedi suggested that to solve this problem, the MC should take the leaders of safai karamchari unions into confidence. "The MC should give safai karamcharis proper facilities and fix their responsibility for lifting of garbage, then only this problem can be solved," he said.
Deepak Babbar from NGO Mission Aagaaz lamented that the cleanliness situation in the city has become very bad.
"The entire city has become a dumping ground and threat of epidemic breakout looms over us. Even the councillors are not taking any responsibility for cleanliness of their wards. Under such a situation, the city residents should take small steps like stopping the use of polythene bags completely," he said.
Meanwhile, MC commissioner Dharampal Gupta said, "I had spoken to the department concerned and instructed them to lift the garbage from outside the Pingalwara ward. I will make sure that action is taken on Monday. We are facing some problem as far as garbage lifting is concerned, but it will be streamlined in this week itself."