The dead lock between the municipal corporation employees and the state government is costing the common man dear. Sanitary conditions of the city have turned terrible as garbage has not been lifted since August 4.
People are disappointed with the government for not paying heed to the problem. While officially there may not be an outbreak of an epidemic, patients with viral infection are thronging hospitals. The streets are stinking and the sewers are blocked. When pressure was built on the administration by the district bar association and some other NGOs a few days ago, the deputy commissioner assured them the city would be cleaned but the situation remains the same.
"It is obvious that either the district administration or local political leaders have failed to convey peoples' concern to the government or they have ignored the matter. This is the height of indifference," said Bhushan Kumar, a resident. "Had there been an election round the corner, the government would have acted promptly. It is shameful that such a major issue which has serious implications for public health is not being given any thought," he added.
Political leaders and social outfits seem to be in no mood to annoy safai karamcharis. Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna's political secretary Sanjiv Talwar had started a hunger strike till the demands of the employees were met. "We have an offer for the sanitation workers. If they resume work, members of various NGOs will sit on 'anshan' in their place till the government accepts their reasonable demands," said Talwar. He said the offer had been made in public interest.
Meanwhile, anti drugs youth club, an NGO, started a cleanliness campaign in the city on Monday. "Today we swept the lanes of Guru Nanak Nagar. From tomorrow, we will clean other localities," said club president Rajinder Parmar.