With panchayats ill-equipped to manage daily garbage generated by villages, residents are disposing of waste in open near their house.
In the absence of a proper garbage collection procedure, villagers dump their poly bag filled with garbage or clear their garbage containers in some open space close to their house early in the morning, which led to clash many a times.
Having no other option at their disposal, many burn heaps of garbage, not knowing its hazardous impact on their surroundings and health.
As no village has sewerage line, sewage is being collected in big a tank, which is disposed of at some isolated place or near a drain.
“Adoption of a village by each Member of Parliament following a call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi may work out well for that village, but what will happen to other villages,” questioned Bal Krishan a senior citizen, who lives in Manwal village.
“The villages also need civic employees to dispose of daily waste as villages produce huge amount of garbage everyday,” he said.
“When villagers don’t find a stipulated place to dispose of garbage, they dump it as per their convenience,” he added.
“I don’t know whether the panchayats get funds for this purpose, but I have never seen any employee coming here to clean the village. We hire a labourer on our own to clear garbage and sewage in the absence of a proper mechanism,” he concluded.
Rajesh Kumar, a resident of Gandla Lahri village, said: “Residents of this village dum garbage in the Ravi and its tributaries as it’s a convenient option for them.”
Manoj Kumar, sarpanch of Manwal village, claimed: “He tries to keep his village clean by hiring sanitary worker every month, however, with the panchayat having no amenities and proper tools it is the maximum he can do to keep his village clean. I will urge our MLA Dinesh Singh Babbu to help the panchayats with proper funding so that something can be done,” he said.
Goverdhan Gopal, chairman, Pathankot zila parishad, claimed that the issue was serious and he would discuss the matter with the deputy commissioner and other officials concerned.